Summer fires plus winter rain raise landslide danger

By Gordon Williams  The drenching rains of fall and winter have ended the summertime danger of wildfires in Washington state. But now the sequence of fire and rain has set the stage for yet another potential disaster — landslides and mudslides. Thus, heavy rain brought a recent mudslide warning to parts of Western Washington — … Continue reading Summer fires plus winter rain raise landslide danger

Whatever happens on Rattlesnake Ridge, the Red Cross is Ready

By Gordon Williams Most of the disasters the Red Cross responds to come without warning - a fire that guts a home in minutes, an earthquake that knocks down buildings in the blink of an eye. Even the hurricanes that brought such destruction last September gave only a few days warning. But Red Cross crews … Continue reading Whatever happens on Rattlesnake Ridge, the Red Cross is Ready

In Memory and Honor – 2014 Washington Landslide

By Chris Granville Three years ago, our region witnessed one of the most destructive landslides ever recorded. The landslide near Oso, Washington occurred at 10:37 a.m. that day when an unstable portion of hill collapsed, sending mud and debris across the Stillaguamish River and destroying 49 homes in the neighborhood of Steelhead Haven. Tragically, 43 … Continue reading In Memory and Honor – 2014 Washington Landslide