As victims of the catastrophic landslide in Oso start rebuilding their lives, many face the additional calamity of having no insurance for the loss of their homes [“Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans,” Local News, April 1]. Losses from landslides are not covered by typical homeowner’s insurance. But there may be…More
Category: Snohomish mudslide
As we follow the tragic events resulting from the mudslide in the Darrington-Oso area, we have been shown many ways to offer support for those affected [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 30].
The response has been overwhelming. We are saddened by the loss of life and property, while our spirits are lifted by the way those towns and surrounding communities have come together to get through this as best they can.
At some point the road will be cleared and the recovery efforts will beMore
I agree with Diana L. Di Stefano’s guest column: There is God, there is nature and there is mankind [“Was the Oso mudslide simply an act of God?” Opinion, March 28]. As time goes on, it appears that mankind had a great deal to do with the tragic Oso mudslide. Did too much rain…More
When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…More
The people of Oso and the surrounding communities have suffered the most horrendous loss, one that is totally unimaginable to most of us [“Precious time wasted in critical first hours after slide, some say,” Local News, March 26].
So imagine my shock and dismay when reading a state senator and another community official casing blame on how the initial search was handled. Maybe there were mistakes made, we don’t know. But for the families to hear that in light of whatMore
Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Jill Eshenbaugh, Oso, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management
The Snohomish County mudslide is a tragedy. Unfortunately, one has to wonder where was the leadership to respond to it? [“Precious time wasted in critical first hours after slide, some say,” Local News, March 26]. It took too long for the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be called in. With…More
Several years ago this same hill slid, and altered the course of the river. The Army Corps of Engineers did a lot of work on the site, but they knew it was unstable [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 24].
My daughter lived on Steelhead Drive, and I tried to convince her it wasn’t a good place to live. She and her neighbors liked it there, and now they’re gone. Perhaps more could have been done to relocate them. Not sure they would have listened, but we allow too many homes to be built in slide areas.
Pete Bellomo, Bellevue
Editor’s note: Pete Bellomo’s daughter has been confirmed missing, according to news reports.
Effects of logging
Robin Youngblood, whose home was destroyed in the mudslide in Snohomish County, said on CBC’s “As It Happens”’ Monday night: “There was clear cutting up there. … There was nothing left to hold the
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…More