It's a shame some people ignored previous warnings of the potential landslide though.
Decades of warnings ignored in area of deadly Washington mudslide
The city issued a permit to build there. The guy dropped 300k to build a foundation which required 32 pilings, He lost his job 1/2 way through the build which meant he never put up downspouts and gutters on a framed home. After a year the bank slid threatening my home. It cost the guy 250k to solidify the embankment to protect my home.
Ironically when the slide occurred the head geo-technical engineer for the city came to survey the damage. I was standing on a neighbor's deck (it had a perfect view of the damage) with the guy and he had the balls to say to me if this guy applied today he would never have gotten a permit. I just about threw the guy off the deck. He was the same guy who signed the permit in the first place.
Reminds me of living in New Mexico for 5 years. When the monsoon type rains hit the area, you don't want a home on a hill, and you don't want a home below a hill either. The only safe places to build a home is on high desert land with no mountains or arroyos nearby. And not travel at night when it's pouring rain.
Phoenix man swept away by NM flood waters - AmericaNowNews.com
Over the course of time, we are supposed to pay attention to history. In my neighbor's case, the premium view property creates a huge annual tax revenue for the city. So money trumps sanity. The city damn well knew of the dangers just as the county and city knew of the dangers of slide in Darrington/Oso. It defies logic.