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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.

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