Hwy 101 Landslide
4:54 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Repairs To Oregon Coastal Highway May Take A While

Repairs To Oregon Coastal Highway May Take A While

U.S. Highway 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway along the Central Oregon Coast.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

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Oso Landslide
7:29 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oso Logging Inquiry Offers Few Answers

Investigative reporters revealed that loggers had clear-cut in a no-logging zone directly above the hillside that collapsed in Oso earlier this year.
Credit brewbooks / Flickr

Shortly after this year's deadly Oso landslide, investigative reporters revealed that loggers had clear-cut in a no-logging zone directly above the hillside that collapsed.

That logging, back in 2004, removed trees in an area scientists had said could worsen the risk of landslides.

A report out Tuesday from the Department of Natural Resources leaves unanswered the question of why logging took place on what should have been forbidden ground.

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Landslide Prevention
7:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

"A condemned house on the edge of the Ledgewood Beach bluff on Washington's Whidbey Island."

The Oso landslide devastated one stretch of one valley in Snohomish County. But Washington state is dotted with landslide-prone slopes. An investigation by KUOW and EarthFix has found that many local governments do much less than Snohomish County to keep people from building on dangerous ground. 

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Twisp Mudslide
6:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Houses In Mud, Fish On Land After Twisp Landslides

Aaron Dunlap found his car stuck in the sand after flash floods hit his cannabis farm Thursday near Twisp, Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:26 pm

Aaron Dunlap started Friday morning with his car stuck in sand and a fish stuck in the dirt outside his cannabis farm. Dunlap is one of many people stuck digging themselves out today after landslides and flash floods near Twisp, Washington.

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Landslide Prevention
7:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

There are landslide-prone areas across the mountainous Northwest. And many people choose to live in these risky, beautiful places. The question is: How can government strike a balance between people’s property rights, and safety?

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7:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

King County To Map Slide Risks

Snohomish county considered a moratorium on development, but it backed away from that proposal Monday morning. Now, King County is beginning its own response to the Oso disaster.

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Highway 530 Closed
8:16 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Highway 530 Closure: 'A Disaster Within A Disaster' Says Darrington Mayor

One mile of highway 530 is still blocked by landslide mud and debris.
Credit Washington State Dept of Transportation/Flickr

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed.

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Oso Landslide
7:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso: Clearcut Extended Into No-Logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso.  But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides. 

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Inslee on Mudslide
7:04 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Inslee Promises Help To Darrington After Mudslide

14 people are dead and over 100 missing after a massive landslide in Oso, Washington demolished 30 homes early Saturday morning.
Credit Washington State Patrol

Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited the town of Darrington on Monday after a fatal mudslide impacted their community.

He brought promises of federal assistance, which includes the National Guard, and help from Pierce County's search and rescue personnel. They're looking for any survivors of the mudslide that has blocked a highway and killed fourteen people in the nearby town of Oso, Washington.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
6:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ongoing Slide Movement Hampers Search For Victims In Snohomish County

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Credit Office of the Governor / Flickr

Ongoing movement of the huge landslide that crashed down on a rural Northwest Washington neighborhood on Saturday is hampering the search for more victims. 

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