Disasters and Accidents

Disasters and Accidents

Anna King / Northwest News Network

In Central Washington, human bones have been found along the newly exposed shore above Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.

Grant County PUD

As of Tuesday engineers say the Wanapum Dam’s major crack is stabilizing with the drawdown of the pool behind it.

Grant County PUD

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide

Feb 26, 2014
Judy van der Velden / Flickr

Local officials say the deaths of a Pocatello, Idaho, couple and their teenage sons is one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

Feb 18, 2014
Janet Kellam / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche

Feb 12, 2014
Scientif38 / Wikimedia

As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers  are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.

Audit Finds Problems With Oregon's Disaster Planning

Feb 10, 2014

A new audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office says the state is ill-prepared for a major disaster.

Oregon State Police

Several lawsuits are stacking up across the Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C. against the driver and tour company of a bus that crashed near Pendleton, Ore. a year ago Monday.

Eyewitness photo / Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Washington and other Pacific Coast states set up tsunami debris reporting hotlines in the wake of the 2011 disaster in Japan.