More mudslide damage claims filed against county, state

MudslideEVERETT – Several new claims have been filed against Snohomish county and the state of  Washington on behalf of four families who suffered in the March 22 Oso mudslide.  The damage claims were filed Thursday, the Herald of Everett reported.

Two of the new claims were filed by survivors of people killed in the slide that destroyed the Steelhead Haven neighborhood.  The claims are precursors to lawsuits seeking answers to what many factors may have caused the slide, the Herald reported.

Each of the claims says state and county officials have knowledge of what contributed to the disaster. The claims against the state allege that the Department of Natural Resources approved clearcutting within the groundwater recharge zone of the hill that fell, the paper reported.

“The state ignored the best available science delineating the recharge zone in favor of much older data” the claims say.

 

 

 

 

 


3 comments

  • Kit

    Well, had the state or geologists told the property owners to vacate or not to build next to the river, they would have been screaming government interference.

  • Rebecca

    Well, the county is at fault twice for this: once, for not vacating the property following the study verifying the land was dangerous and twice for allowing/granting permits for people to build in a known disaster area after the study was finished. Don’t sue because they didn’t buy all the houses out and move the residents, sue that they granted building permits after the study- that way, they can’t claim “lack of funding” – building permits don’t cost the county anything. You should have let the residents at least KNOW- let them make the decision, not leave them to die…

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