After the devastation of Oso, our state should be doing a better job of preventing damage and loss of life from landslides. We own a house in Hoquiam, directly across the street from Beacon Hill, where a landslide pushed several homes off their foundations in early January. It is too late to save the houses that have already been destroyed. But now is the time to analyze the bluff and understand what the future danger is.
The slide that happened in January was small. If a larger slide were to occur, dozens of homes could be destroyed and lives could be lost.
This is our second home. We have the luxury of staying away when there are heavy rains. But many of our neighbors and friends have nowhere else to go. People living on the bluff or near the bluff are scared. We all want to know whether or not our homes are safe, yet the city, state and county seem unwilling to do what is necessary to make this determination. Can’t we do better than this?
Vivian Kreider and Stephen Deal