Protect Yourself and Your Property From Landslides

City of Seattle Offers a Free Landslide Awareness Meeting

SEATTLE, WA – December 2, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The start of the wet season has begun in Seattle and heavy rain can increase the chance of landslides due to soil saturation, which reduces slope stability. Property owners of landslide-prone sites are advised to clear drains and take other simple preventive measures, such as: checking downspouts, to make sure they are functioning and routed to a safe location; and inspecting sloping areas of their property for indications of slope movement (such as cracks in the ground, and newly tilting trees) and erosion.

To help residents understand how they can better manage their landslide-prone property, the City of Seattle is offering a free landslide awareness meeting. The meeting presentation will include a discussion of the causes of landslides, proper drainage for sloping sites, and vegetation maintenance on slopes. This will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions with professionals in the field, including the City of Seattle, The American Society for Civil Engineers, The Association of Engineering Geologists, The International Society of Arboriculture, and Associated Building Contractors.

Landslide Awareness Meeting Details:

Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to Noon
South Seattle Community College – Judge Warren and Nobie Chan Education Center
6000 16th Avenue SW (near the arboretum)

The Seattle Landslide Study indicates that 86 percent of landslides that occurred in Seattle have some human influence such as excavating and filling on steep slopes, broken pipes and uncontrolled storm water.

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected by or endangered by a landslide should contact a geotechnical professional for structural evaluation.

For more information about Seattle landslides or the City of Seattle free landslide awareness meeting, please visit: www.seattle.gov/dpd/emergency/landslides

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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the city’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region’s environmental resources.

Contact:
SPU Customer Service (206) 684-3000

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