6 Western Wash. schools at 'high' risk for landslide

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by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 5:49 PM

SEATTLE -- With Oso so fresh on people's minds, it's no surprise that Washington is studying natural disasters and preparing for the worst. It's why the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a hazard mitigation plan for schools Wednesday.

On that list, six schools in the Western Washington area are considered a "high" risk for landslide, with 28 schools total in the state. The preliminary results were based on whether the school is in the immediate vicinity of a high slope. Queen Anne Elementary in Seattle is one of them, surprising parents like Jenny Brailey.

"When you're at the top of the hill, it just seems like it's flat up here, even though you are at the top of the hill," said Brailey, a mother of a kindergartener. "You don’t think of it sliding off the edge."

It's the hill Queen Anne Elementary sits on that may have helped deem the school “high risk” for a landslide, but the Seattle Public Schools will be combing through the nearly 300-page report.

"Student, staff, family safety is the highest priority we have and we are continually looking at all of our buildings -- inspecting and monitoring," said Seattle Public Schools Capital and Facilities Communications Coordinator Tom Redman.

Related links:

Washington State Schools Landslide Report

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