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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Snohomish County mudslide: Don’t build developments in harm’s way

The story about prior warnings of a mudslide in Snohomish County should trigger some serious action [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 25].

One cannot help but wonder if the ample warnings about the slide area were buried in a mountain of paper for years. Going forward it makes sense that someone take responsibility to seek out other such warnings — not just mudslides, but floods or other natural disasters-in-waiting — and take appropriate action.

No one living in the shadow of this (or any) dangerous territory should be told it is safe and authorities should not issue building permits in such areas. Let’s use this event as a call to action and get our fellow Washingtonians out of harm’s way.

Chris Fruitrich, Seattle

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