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 WSP

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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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Stillaguamish River Flow Returns To Normal Post-Landslide

Flow rates below the landslide on the Stillaguamish are now back to normal.
Credit Wsiegmund / Wikimedia Commons

Authorities are breathing a small sigh of relief amidst all the destruction from the fatal landslide on the Stillaguamish River.

They are relieved because the river flow is getting back to normal.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:07 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Officials Aim To Consolidate Mudslide Information

In Snohomish County a mudslide wiped out much of the town of Oso and blocked State Route 530.
Credit Office of the Governor / Flickr

Search and rescue operations are still underway in Snohomish County where a mudslide wiped out much of the town of Oso and blocked State Route 530.

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Northwest Flooding
7:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Next Chapter In Northwest Weather Expected To Be Flooding, Landslides

A landslide carried boulders onto I-84 near Hood River, Ore., on Wednesday.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:57 pm

The National Weather Service says the recent snowfall combined with rain over the next few days has set the stage for flooding in parts of the Northwest.

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7:10 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Severe Landslides In Washington Could Be Signs Of Times Ahead

BNSF Railway has had 200 landslides on or near its tracks this season, making it one of the worst since the company began keeping records in 1914.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

A massive landslide that pushed 200,000 cubic yards of earth down the west side of Whidbey Island grabbed national headlines in March. Landslides have also caused numerous delays in passenger and freight rail along Puget Sound.

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