Yakima County declares state of emergency in response to Rattlesnake Ridge

Yakima County declares state of emergency in response to Rattlesnake Ridge

Yakima County declared a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon in response to the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide threatening homes and drivers along I-82 south of Union Gap.

Commissioners said this will allow them to respond quicker if something does happen.

“It provides an opportunity for cost recovery from FEMA so without that in place we would be much slower to respond and we would not enjoy the opportunity to get some reimbursement for our cost,” said Yakima County Commissioner, Rand Elliott.

Dozens of residents have evacuated, but many are now asking what’s next?

Since Friday, many residents have been staying at a hotel in Yakima after Columbia Asphalt, a company that owns a quarry near the crack in the hillside, offered to pay for a five-week stay for over 60 people.

“I’m worried when the month ends because, what are we going to do? Because they don’t tell us what we’re going to do,” said Janeth Solorio, one of the residents who evacuated.

Yakima County Emergency Management said they will continue to help the residents until all of this is over.

As this progresses they will continue to find solutions. They are currently analyzing new data on the speed of the landslide, officials said.

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