Survival and hope at the site of the Oso, Washington landslide on Thursday. Nearly two weeks after the devastating landslide that killed 30 people so far, a dog made his way through the debris field and was found. The Golden Retriever named Boomer had cuts on his legs and has some hip problems but other than that, he is doing well at an Arlington veterinary clinic. His owners did not survive the slide.
Meantime, A decade before the massive landslide swallowed a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes in Oso to protect them from such a disaster.
According to a Associated Press report, a 2004 Snohomish County flood-management plan, the cost of purchasing properties in Oso "would be significant, but would remove the risk to human life and structures."
Documents show that after weighing options, the county instead recommended a project to stabilize the base of a nearby unstable slope. It eventually built a 1,300-foot-long wall to reduce landslide and flood risks. But that wasn't enough to hold back the square mile of dirt, sand and silt that barreled down the mountain March 22, killing at least 30 people.
Some area residents and their family members say they knew nothing of the landslide dangers or home-buyout proposals.
The documents were first reported by The Seattle Times.