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Flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes in Washington state

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Aug. 22, 2014: Water pours over a damaged road east of Twisp, Wash. (AP)

Officials in an area of north-central Washington scarred by massive wildfires say heavy rains unleashed mudslides that damaged or destroyed 10 homes and blocked highways.

Okanogan County Emergency Manager Scott Miller told the Wenatchee World that authorities are still trying to identify everyone affected by the Thursday night storms. He said the Red Cross is on standby if shelter is needed.

Resident Janie Lewis stays the storm left two feet of mud in her home. She says she and her husband are grateful to be alive and thankful for the neighbors who arrived Friday to help clean up.

There were no reports of injuries from the slides. A section of one state highway remains closed.

The National Weather Service says a few showers blew through the area Friday but nothing like Thursday's storms.

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