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Yakima declares emergency in response to Rattlesnake Ridge landslide

Yakima declares emergency in response to Rattlesnake Ridge landslide

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima is preparing for the worst with Rattlesnake Ridge.

On Tuesday, city council unanimously passed a declaration of emergency in the city of Yakima at their meeting.

The city of Union Gap and Yakima County already declared disaster, just one week prior to this meeting.

City Manager Cliff Moore said Yakima might not see much damage but the city needs to declare emergency in order to receive federal reimbursements for things like search and rescue and recovery if Rattlesnake Ridge causes serious damage.

"In my view, it's very important because in the unlikely event of a catastrophic slide, we will need emergency declaration in order to qualify for reimbursement," Moore said.

At this time, the landslide is moving at a slower rate than previously recorded, with movement expected to span through mid-March. A catastrophic event could be more impactful while the Yakima River is running higher, so a slower rate of movement is a cause for concern, according to firefighters.

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