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City Club of Eugene - Oregon’s Geology: Scientists Warn of Hazards, But Do Lawmakers & Agencies Respond?

Meeting date: October 10, 2014

KLCC air date: October 13, 2014

Natural disasters are often followed by a period of public reflection: Did anyone know something like this could happen? Had we taken precautions to prevent and minimize the damage from the earthquake, hurricane, flood or other event that just turned life upside down?

Meeting Date: July 11, 2014

Air Date: July 14, 2014

Landslides are intrinsic to the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Many natural features of this region resulted from slides triggered by weather or seismic activity. Less than 4 months ago, about 350 miles from Eugene, a massive landslide was hard to miss.

Anna King

Now we’re going to take you to a small timber-town rodeo in Washington. In the town of Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. Correspondent Anna King was there, and has this profile of a young rodeo cowgirl.

Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.

Highway 530 Closure Has Deep Impacts On Community

Apr 12, 2014

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed. That’s the main thoroughfare there. For Darrington residents, not having that road is a big problem. Mayor Dan Rankin says his town is kind of a disaster within a disaster.

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso. But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.

Removing forest cover can increase the amount of rain water that finds its way underground. Geologists say the extra groundwater can destabilize the already unstable soils deep beneath landslide zones.

Washington State Patrol

After heavy rains triggered fatal landslides in 1996, Oregon rewrote its rules on where logging can happen in landslide-prone areas.

Oregon law now clearly states that you can't log in areas with where logging could trigger a public safety risk from a certain type of landslide.

That is -- the type of landslide that sends a thin layer of soil washing down a slope and taking everything on the surface along with it. Removing trees from steep slopes can raise the risk of that kind of landslide. John Seward's job with the Oregon Department of Forestry is to avoid that risk.

Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW.

Wednesday night an emergency commander in Darrington, Washington told a packed town meeting the number of confirmed dead in the Oso landslide is now 25. And dozens are still missing.
The numbers change as bodies are recovered. It’s grim and exhausting work.

 

Bob DeYoung came to a prayer vigil in Darrington wearing thick suspenders that held up jeans covered in mud.

DeYoung: “Sticks to everything.”

You could see he had been working hard. He had been out all day.

Bonnie Brown

The Northwest is a region prone to landslides. That, of course, is on many people’s minds as the town of Oso, Washington recovers from the tragic slide that happened there this past weekend. There is a lot of scientific data and maps showing where landslides have occurred in the past. The question is whether or not it’s getting used.

Bonnie Brown sent me a picture of the cabin her parents built on the Stillaguamish River in the 70s.