5:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Rains Flood Western Washington

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.

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Oso Commission Visit
6:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Oso Commission Visits Slide Area

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

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Highway Reopens
5:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

US Highway 12 Open After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'
Credit 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.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:29 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

No Logging Moratorium In Wake Of Oso Landslide

A view of the slope where the Oso landslide took place.
Credit 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.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:23 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

USGS Geologist Doubts Exact Cause Of Oso Landslide Will Ever Be Known

A federal geologist doubts the cause of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. will ever be fully pinned down.
Credit 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.

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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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School Safety
6:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters

A new draft report finds that Washington schools face threats from nine different kinds of natural hazards.
Credit 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.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Sheriff Will End Active Recovery Operations in Oso

Members of the Washington National Guard search the Oso landslide.
Credit The National Guard / Flickr

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

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Snohomish County Mudslide
8:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit 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.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
6:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited the landslide site on April 6, 2014.
Credit 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.

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