Washington County Considered Purchasing Homes On Unstable Land

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Times is reporting shocking new documents linked to the deadly mudslide in Washington.  

According to the documents released in 2004, county officials in Oso, Washington, considered buying up homes to protect them from a landslide.  

A flood management plan said the cost of purchasing the properties would be extreme but would reduce the risk to human life.  
 After considering the plan, the county decided to stabilize the base of a slope instead of purchase the homes.
 They built a wall to reduce landslide and flood risks but that wasn't enough.  
 At least 30 people died in the recent mudslide.  
 Some people living there say they never knew about the risk.
For more details on the mudslide, click here