Next Oso-like catastrophic landslide? Massive cracks and ground shifting near Wenatchee, Washington

Residents of Whispering Ridge, Chelan County, Washington, fear an Oso-like catastrophic landslide.

Massive cracks, shifting and unstable ground are hints that a massive landslide can occur without warning in the area.

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Huge cracks are developing in the ground in a neighborhood near the Mission Ridge Ski Area. Water and power have been shut off to the Whispering Ridge Neighborhood.

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A geotechnical firm raised concern saying that the soil is unstable and a giant landslide could occur without warning in the area.

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The county went door to door to warn residents. The residents most at risk live on Whispering Ridge Road and Squilchuck Road.

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Two houses have been red-tagged, deemed unsafe to live in. The ground has shifted enough to cause structural damage. Other residents on Whispering Ridge have been advised to evacuate as well as residents in six houses in an area below the potential slide area.

The county says the recent storms and snow melt caused by rising temperatures are adding to the risk. The record rainfall has the ground more saturated than it has been in decades.

Neighbors who live in Whispering Ridge are so concerned they fear an Oso-like catastrophic landslide.

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