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Published on Thursday January 13, 2011 - 8:38 AM
 
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NEAR MIST, Oregon - A landslide this morning northwest of Portland and north of Vernonia, closed the tiny town of Mist and cut off the main route to several Coast Range communities.

Just south of the Washington Stae border, crews closed both lanes as cleanup began and no date was given for reopening the highway.

Heavy rain and snow has fallen in the area in the last few days.

Cut off where links to Mist, Clatskanie, Birkenfeld, Pittsburg and Vernonia.

Mist Elementary school was closed yesterday because of the slide. A few students were unable to get to school in Vernonia.

ODOT has issued a warning that drivers should expect long delays.