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Could A Mudslide Like The One In Oso Happen in Yakima County?

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Many are wondering if something like that mudslide in Oso could happen right here in our own backyards. Many are wondering if something like that mudslide in Oso could happen right here in our own backyards.

YAKIMA, WA - Many are wondering if something like that mudslide in Oso could happen right here in our own backyards.

Director of Yakima County Emergency Management said a mudslide around Yakima County  is rare but not completely unexpected. Minerals in the hills surrounding Yakima are very different that those found is Oso, Washington.

That means our mud slides are much different from the one that has killed so many in Snohomish County. Regardless of the differences flash floods or heavy unexpected rains can still bring about a devastating slide right here in Yakima County.

"I don't think our landslides are as fast as that one was just because of our geology in the area," Director of Yakima County Emergency Management Jim Hall said. "That doesn't mean it can't happen. I mean Mother Nature has a way of showing us that she's in charge once in a while and obviously in this case it was."

Hall said if you're worried about your home, find out if you live in a high risk area and be prepared. Always have a plan for if and when a disaster can strike. And if you live in one of those areas and don't want to take that risk, Hall recommends you move.

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