I feel very sorry for all those people who lost their lives in the Oso mudslide. But, I do not feel sorry for their way of thinking, building a home near a river that is prone to flooding. Then on top of that building opposite a very high bank with a river below cutting into that bank. Why do they need the local, state or federal government to tell them that it was a dangerous place to build a home?
I lived in Darrington from 2006 to 2010, and we drove Highway 530 every Sunday to church and two or three times a week. Just before going over and around what we called Slide Hill, I wondered why anyone in there right mind would build a house in that area. We watched someone build a new home near the highway and the river.
Over my 77 years, I have done some construction work and to see some of the places people want to put a home is just beyond my thinking, then they wonder why when their dream home is wiped out by the forces of nature.
This kind thinking is such a lack of common sense that I just wonder as to how and why they think the way they do.