Mudslides

Natural Disaster
1:08 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk

A searcher uses a small boat to look through debris from a deadly mudslide Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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

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Natural Disaster
6:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Governor Inslee Spends Night In Darrington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee talks privately with two residents personally affected by the mudslide after a media presser at Arlington City Hall on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson, Pool

Governor Jay Inslee and the first lady spent Monday night in Darrington, near the site of Washington's deadly mudslide.

A spokesman for the governor's office says they participated in a community meeting and have been talking to local residents and first responders.

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Natural Disaster
5:16 am
Tue March 25, 2014

'It’s Just Surreal': Families Cling To Hope In Wake Of Deadly Mudslide

A sign outside a coffee shop references a deadly mudslide that happened two days earlier, Monday, March 24, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

Doug Dix was in his barn, listening to music, when a screeching sound filled the air.

"It sounded like a double twin Huey, with the engine being torn into shrapnel. I honestly thought one was crashing and I’m up looking for the explosion,” said Dix.

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Natural Disaster
9:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure would likely decline dramatically.

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Natural Disaster
8:48 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8 In Snohomish County, At Least 18 Missing

A view of the breach where water from the Stillaguamish River is beginning to move through the dam created by Saturday's mudslide on SR 530 in Oso.
WSDOT

Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.

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Natural Disaster
12:51 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Inslee: Deadly Mudslide Caused 'Total Devastation' In Snohomish County

WSDOT

Eighteen people were unaccounted for a day after a terrifying wall of mud, trees and debris destroyed as many as 30 houses in rural northwestern Washington state and killed four people, authorities said Sunday.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said Sunday that crews were able to get out to the debris and found the fourth body buried in the mud. Hots said emergency responders and technical rescue personnel found "no signs of life" as they scoured the area.

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Natural Disaster
9:37 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Flood Evacuation Issued In Snohomish County Following Deadly Mudslide

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the aftermath of a mudslide that moved a house with people inside in Snohomish County on Saturday March 22, 2014.
Washington State Patrol

Snohomish County authorities are urging people who live near the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River near Oso to evacuate the area before nightfall.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says the deadly landslide that has blocked the river has authorities worried about the potential of a catastrophic flood between Oso and Stanwood.

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mudslides
12:36 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mudslides Keep North Cascades Highway Closed

This is one of eight mudslides across SR 20, the North Cascades Highway.
WSDOT

Washington's Department of Transportation doesn't know yet what day the North Cascades Highway will reopen. Intense thunderstorms over the weekend unleashed eight mudslides that have closed the northernmost route across the Cascade Range.

WSDOT spokesman Jeff Adamson says optimism is rising now that big bulldozers and other heavy equipment has arrived. He says his agency awarded an emergency contract Monday night to get more muscle on scene.

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Other News
10:11 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Mudslides continue to plague rail traffic north of Seattle

"With the steep slopes on one side and water on the other, we know that debris is going to roll downhill," says BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas of the rail corridor between Seattle and Everett. "And unfortunately, we're caught at the bottom with the shovel."
Zargoman photo Flickr

Mudslides continue to shut down train tracks, and halt passenger rail traffic north of Seattle.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says tracks between Seattle and Everett have been shut down for passenger trains 95 percent of the time since Thanksgiving. 

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News Roundup
7:21 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Former Micosoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, right, and former Corporate Vice President J Allard, left, posed for photos in 2007 with Zune media players. Microsoft has now announced that it is giving up its Zune.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing Readies for 747-8 First Flight
  • Dozens of Mudslides Block Rail Lines
  • Microsoft's Zune Sails Away

 

First Flight Plans for 747-8

Boeing's newest passenger jet could make its maiden voyage as early as Sunday.  The Herald of Everett Michelle Dunlop reports the  only obstacles are some tests on taxiing the plane and a thumbs-up from the Federal Aviation Administration:

"The team continues to do great work to get the 747-8 Intercontinental into the air," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 747 program. "It'll be a great day for the team when the airplane flies."

In the run-up to first flight, Boeing conducted flight simulation tests last weekend. The freighter version of the 747-8 is already in the air for tests, Dunlop writes. Initial deliveries of the freighter jets are scheduled by year's end.

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News Roundup
7:49 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

It will be a rainy and windy Monday around Western Washington, with high temperatures in the low 50's.  Rain is in the forecast all this week. 

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Mudslides Affect Commute
  • Northwest Relief Workers to Japan
  • Obama's Education Secretary Here, Virtually

 

Rails and Roads Covered in Mud

Sounder rail lines, Amtrak routes and at least one major highway are blocked by mudslides this morning. Sunday's heavy rains caused at least three separate slides over Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks: two north of Seattle, and one in southwest Washington near Vancouver. 

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Weather
10:32 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Mudslides follow heavy rains, hit Pierce County roads

The driver and a passenger of this van were trapped for a brief time in a mudslide that covered busy Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood. No one was injured, according to KOMO News.
KOMONews

Heavy rains brought mudslides that covered roads in Pierce County early this morning, including a slide over East Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood. More rain is expected today, along with gusting winds that could topple trees in already soaked earth, according to KOMO News:

Forecasting models put this storm about on par with the one that blew through on March 2 -- enough to perhaps cause a few power outages and knock over a few trees, but we are not expecting a major windstorm.

In Tacoma, a slide brought a tree down over one lane of Schuster Parkway. There were no injuries or cars involved with that slide, and traffic is getting by the area, according to KIRO-TV.

The peak winds are expected this afternoon in the Puget Sound lowlands, with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour in the late afternoon and early evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Weather
7:58 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Mudslides, some flooding around Puget Sound as rain continues

Mud oozes over the West Valley Highway near Sumner on Thursday. The highway is still closed today, as worries continue over the stability of hillsides.
Lauren Padgett Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch.com

Rain continues to fall Friday, and forecasters say over the next few days some areas may get 9 inches or more. Combined with past days' heavy rain and warmer temperatures melting mountain snow, some areas King, Pierce and Snohomish counties report minor flooding and road-blocking mudslides.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of western Washington. The statement lists areas of main flooding concern, including:

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