Heavy rain can mean landslide delays for commuters

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 10:56 PM

EVERETT, Wash. - With heavy rainfall expected over the next couple days, the Department of Natural Resources is sending out a warning about landslide risks.
 
DNR has posted a blog about landslide hazards with links to safety information.
 
BNSF saw a number of slides last year along the Everett/Seattle line. The slides left commuters needing to take buses and deal with delays.
 
"Last season was number 5 of all time since we've been recording slides in Northwest," said BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas. “95 percent of the 200 slides that we experienced last season occurred between Seattle and Everett."
 
BNSF crews had identified six areas where they will try to prevent landslides. One of those spots is south of Mukilteo, and work is already underway to stabilize the slope. 
 

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