Engineer thinks Dash Point slide will fall between threatened homes

Staff writerApril 1, 2014 

A landslide stalled above several Dash Point houses hadn’t moved any farther Tuesday, but a geotechnical engineer said it likely will.

Pierce County Fire District 13 Chief Cliff McCollum said neither he nor the engineer think the houses are in peril, as it looks like the part of the slide they expect to fall will go between two of the three homes they’re concerned about at the end of Whitman Street Northeast.

“He kind of agrees with me that it’s not if, it’s when that piece comes down,” the chief said. “It’s moving. It’s going to continue to move. There’s no way to mitigate it.”

McCollum said the ground involved in the Saturday night slide is still saturated, and that he thinks it’ll move with more rain.

Authorities have advised residents of the three homes to evacuate.

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