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Posted on: December 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Rainy Season Poses Threat of Landslides

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Western Washington experienced measurable rain on 25 days in October and on 22 days in November--that combined total of 47 days is a new record for these two months. More rain increases the threat of landslides, and since Puyallup is part valley, part hill, some areas of our landscape are naturally susceptible to slides.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources provides information on warning signs of a potential landslide. These include:

  • Increased seep activity on a hillside, or newly saturated ground;
  • Trees beginning to tilt on a hillside;
  • Sticking windows or doors, or new/growing cracks in walls, ceilings or foundations; and
  • The movement of soil away from structural foundations.

Report signs of a potential landslide to the City's Public Works Division at 253-841-5505. You can read more about landslide hazards and how to reduce your risk via the link below.

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