Rains Flood Western Washington

Jan 5, 2015

Officials are still assessing the damage Monday after heavy weekend rains caused flooding throughout much of Western Washington.

About a dozen rivers are at varying degrees of flood stage up and down the Washington coast.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, debris and mudslides have closed several roads, including Highway 101 in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties.

Officials say it appears some homes in the South Bend area were flooded as well as the community’s elementary school.

A landslide in Hoquiam damaged several homes.

Washington Oso Commission Visits Slide Area

Aug 22, 2014
U.S. Geological Survey / Flickr

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's landslide commission began its work Friday with a visit to the site of the deadly Oso landslide.

US Highway 12 Open After Mudslide

Aug 14, 2014
Washington State Department of Transportation

U.S. Highway 12 in Washington reopens after a large mudslide yesterday . State workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

No Logging Moratorium In Wake Of Oso Landslide

May 13, 2014
Snohomish County / Flickr

In the wake of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash., there will be no immediate moratorium on logging around unstable slopes. Some conservationists and regulators wanted to push for that. Environmental lawyer and activist Peter Goldman of Seattle was one of them. But Goldman says the state Forest Practices Board learned Tuesday it doesn't have the authority to impose a logging moratorium.

Washington Governor's Office

A federal geologist doubts the cause of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. will ever be fully pinned down. During testimony in Olympia, USGS scientist Jonathan Godt said heavy rains in February and March certainly contributed to the slide. Geologists have also ruled out an earthquake as a trigger. But Godt says a big missing piece is groundwater flows, for which there's no data.

King County To Map Slide Risks

May 6, 2014

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.

Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Oso landslide appears to rank as the third deadliest natural disaster in Washington history – after the 1910 Stevens Pass avalanche and the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. But what if there had been a school in the path of the debris field? A new hazard report from the state shows dozens of Washington schools potentially sit in slide zones. But at least one of those schools doesn’t have to worry.

Holmes Elementary in Spokane is about three blocks from the Spokane River. The new report says it’s one of 28 Washington schools near a slope with a high risk of failure.

Sheriff Will End Active Recovery Operations in Oso

Apr 28, 2014
The National Guard / Flickr

Authorities are ending the active search for bodies more than five weeks after the Washington state mudslide.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

Office of the Governor


Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

But during an interview with public radio Wednesday, Inslee said the arrival of the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) aid does not replace private charity.

Washington National Guard

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

Ruby de Luna / KUOW

The first wave of memorial services honoring the victims who perished in the Oso landslide took place this weekend. In Darrington residents gathered to remember Linda McPherson, a longtime resident and librarian. After the service the community gathered for a meal together, a special tradition for the community. 

Office of the Governor Flickr

Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is speaking publicly for the first time since the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

The Oso landslide in Washington state has taken the lives of 29 people. More than a dozen are still missing and the gruesome search to find victims goes on.

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are prepared to deal with students who have been impacted by the Oso landslide.

How The Mountainside Collapsed On Oso

Apr 2, 2014

It's becoming a regular occurrence, increasing the official tally of the dead in the aftermath of the massive landslide near the community of Oso, Wash.

No Estimate On When State Route 530 Will Reopen

Apr 1, 2014

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner says the Oso landslide has killed at least 27 people and searchers continue their efforts to look for the missing.

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Mar 28, 2014
National Research Council

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash. has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause. But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

Home Buyers Not Necessarily Warned Of Natural Hazards

Mar 28, 2014
Maj. Tawny Dotson / Washington National Guard

The Oso landslide is raising questions about when the public should be warned of a geological hazard. In California that warning comes when you buy property, but California is unique.

Weather Working Against Landslide Responders

Mar 28, 2014
Office of the Governor / Flickr

Emergency managers this Friday morning put off updating the death toll from the catastrophic mudslide near Oso in Snohomish County, Wash. This, after bracing the community to anticipate a substantial spike in the number of fatalities.

Snohomish County / Flickr

The waiting continues for family and friends of the dozens of people missing after last weekend's deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. Disaster assistance groups say it's important to look after the mental health of victims, too.

Maj. Tawny Dotson Washington National Guard

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has acknowledged the Oso landslide could be the deadliest natural disaster in state history. 

Landslide Death Toll Expected To Rise

Mar 27, 2014
Maj. Tawny Dotson Washington National Guard

The death toll stands at 25 Thursday following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. Sixteen of those victims have seen by the medical examiner. But officials say they've located at least nine additional bodies. These won’t be included in the official death toll until they’ve been examined. 

Phyllis Fletcher / KUOW

Wednesday night an emergency commander in Darrington told a packed town meeting the number of confirmed dead in the Oso landslide is now 25, and dozens are still missing. The numbers change as bodies are recovered. It’s grim and exhausting work.

Washington National Guard

The Washington National Guard has now deployed two Blackhawk helicopters to the Oso landslide. On the ground, specially-trained search teams Wednesday looked for victims in the mud and debris. Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke to one of the National Guard searchers.

Snohomish County

Emergency managers in Snohomish County, Washington are allowing a select number of relatives of the missing to join the search for victims from Saturday’s massive landslide. 

Saturday's deadly slide was the latest in a long string of landslides to hit the area known as the Hazel slide along the North Fork Stillaguamish River. State and tribal officials have been trying to fend off slides at that spot for half a century. 

Dave Norman / Washington Department of National Resources

The death toll is expected to rise from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide near Oso in Snohomish County, Washington. County officials and emergency planners are starting to field hard questions about permitting home construction in a known landslide zone.

WSDOT / Flickr

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate. Experts say it's often difficult for authorities to figure out how many people are unaccounted for in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.

Office of the Governor / Flickr

The Washington National Guard has deployed two technical units to help at the scene of the massive landslide in Snohomish County. One group is trained in search and extraction. The other is a fatality recovery team.