(click to see larger, citywide version)
That’s part of a city map distributed at a media briefing we attended this morning at Don Armeni (with the steep slide-prone slope of California Way, and North Admiral ridgetop homes, as a backdrop) – red marks the steepest areas, blue marks other potential landslide zones. Reps from Seattle Public Utilities and the Department of Planning and Development warn that last week’s heavy, sustained rain raised the landslide risk – and one more storm (there’s more rain in the forecast) could elevate it further – so they are distributing information on what to look out for, as well as publicizing a workshop you’ll want to attend if your home or business is in a potential slide zone – read on to find out more, and to hear about one of the West Seattle spots that experts watch closely:
That stretch of SW Jacobsen over Beach Drive (just south of Me-Kwa-Mooks) is one of the areas that landslide expert Bill Benzer told reporters he goes back to check on from time to time – so far, the shoring-up work that the city did is holding nicely, he says. Benzer says 86 percent of landslides have some sort of human culpability – so what are some of the things that worsen the risk, a briefing attendee asked?
What else do homeowners need to know? Here’s an important handout the city distributed for us to share: Landslide do’s and don’ts (click that link to get the PDF). Now, the big finish: The city’s landslide-info workshop in West Seattle is coming up December 6th, 10 am-noon, South Seattle Community College. Free!