Wet Weather Brings Threat Of More Landslides April 17, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE: The spiffy DNR chart showing the signs of impending doom (a landslide).
CLICK TO ENLARGE: National Weather Service alert for “elevated threat of rainfall-induced landslides” through Tuesday.
(SEATTLE, WA.) – Ask anyone who lives in one of the wetter (meaning it rains a lot) areas of Washington state and they’ll tell you this has been a brutal, depressing, god-awful winter of rain, rain and more rain.
It short: it sucks. If you live in a nice, sunny, warm climate thank your lucky stars and stay where you are. That’s god’s way of telling you that you’re among the chosen people, bound for glory.
You don’t wanna come here to a place where moss grows in the creases of your cars and trucks (no joke) and it’s hard to get rid of. Or you come home from work at night to find large slugs or snails climbing up the side of your house. (We’re not kidding about that either).
Or to come home one night and find your wife has left you for a Puget Sound harbor seal. (We are kidding about that.)
Anyway, this April has been a deluge of rain. Anyone with a lick of sense upped their anti-depressant meds by about 25%. Last Saturday was one of the wettest days on record in these parts – 1.70 inches of rain fell in Seattle on Saturday making it the 5th wettest day on record going back to like 1894.
And all that rain has led to landslides (some folks rightfully call them mudslides this time of year) and the threat of more landslides.
They had a landslide/mudslide in North Seattle last Saturday that came down onto the Burke-Gilman Trail and awfully close to a cluster of homes near Lakeside Place Northeast. There was also a slide yesterday on some railroad tracks just south of Everett which shut down the Amtrak and Sounder north line commute service.
And there may be more slides as the wet stuff continues to hammer down. The National Weather Service in Seattle has posted an alert for an “elevated threat of rainfall-induced landslides” through Tuesday.
To that end the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources (perhaps our most favorite state agency) has this spiffy chart (above right) that helps you to recognize the signs to look for when a landslide may be in the offing in your neighborhood.