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March 28th, 2013
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Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin says Whidbey Island landslide is 'much larger than the typical slides that we encounter'

A massive landslide wreaked havoc on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle, WA overnight. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin shares how he’s dealing with the unstable aftermath.

Hartin says he has warned the community that the slide is still active. “But based on a preliminary geotechnical investigation, recommendations of the engineer were that we can allow these folks back into their homes.” Residents have been allowed to return to all but three homes above the slide.

While slides are fairly common in the area, Hartin says the size of this landslide was unusual. “This is much larger than the typical slides that we encounter.”

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