Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide Turns Into A Slow Grind

Jan 23, 2018

The landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge outside of Yakima, Washington, is turning into a slow grind. The land is moving at a constant 1.7 feet per week.

Emergency managers are cutting back their twice-a-week press conferences to just one. They said that there just isn’t enough new happening with the slide.

Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management Director Jeff Emmons said his office is also starting to scale back hours too.

“My staff, we’re adjusting our staffing back to normal hours to start dealing with the long range planning,” he said.

Emmons said the only problem state and county managers are continuing to see is unsafe hikers up on the slide itself. He said they are disturbing the sensitive geology monitoring equipment.