News

Washington state eyes building ban after deadly mudslide

Washington state eyes building ban after deadly mudslide

MUDSLIDE:The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said 41 bodies had been recovered from the slide that buried the river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills. Photo: Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Snohomish County was on Wednesday considering a six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas countywide after a slide last month that killed 41 people.

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the Stillaguamish River on March 22 unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of state highway and about three dozen homes near the small community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said the remains of 41 victims had been recovered from the slide that buried the river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the site, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers and promises of government support.

PHOTOS: Oso mudslide

The Snohomish County Council was to vote on the proposed moratorium on construction within a half-mile of landslide hazard areas defined by the county, council president Dave Somers said, according to local media.

The ban, which would not include projects with completed permits or building applications, would give officials time to assess risks and develop new policies as needed, Somers was quoted as saying.

Somers, and other Snohomish County officials, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Margot Robbie might be real-life Barbie

Fresh
margotrobbie

"The Wolf of Wall Street" star is film bosses' first choice to play the beloved blonde doll in a new live action movie.

in Music

Pilgrimage fest to pay homage to history

sherylcrow

A new music festival is heading to Nashville.

in Music, Entertainment

Blake Shelton wants Luke Bryan to take his job

blakesheltonlukebryan

If the country star ever decides to take a break from NBC's "The Voice," he already has a replacement in mind.

in Entertainment

Big bling: 100-carat diamond could fetch $25M at auction

diamond

Sotheby's will auction the stunning stone on Tuesday in NYC.

in Music, Lifestyle

You can smoke in Willie Nelson style

willienelson

The music legend is preparing to release Willie Weed.