Many families near Rattlesnake Ridge left their homes for safety

Many families near Rattlesnake Ridge left their homes for safety

UNION GAP, Wash. - Families that live near Rattlesnake Ridge landslide and concerned for the future.

"Housing has been provided currently for about 15 families that have been affected, and housing is going to be provided for about five weeks,"said Paul Garcia, Environmental Health Specialist for the Yakima Health District.

Geovanni Morales and his family are one of many that left their homes and unsure of when they would return.

"If it does happen, this it's right on top of our homes, so our home would definitely be ruined," said Morales.

Other families question what will happen after five weeks.

"The state, county and other partnering agency's are going to develop a plan to help get these people permanent long term housing," said Cody Tusler, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross.

During the pass few days, many who posted on social media say they are skeptical of the severity of the landslide.

"The information that has been shared with us is that this landslide is going to happen. We don't know when, so I don't know that it's a bluff. We don't want another repeat of Oso," said Tusler.

Yakima emergency management experts say they are expecting the landslide to move this month, but it's unclear how big the shift will be, are preparing for any number of situations.

"That's the drive behind getting these evacuations done so that people have a safe place to go so that they don't have to worry about having their home destroyed and possibly being injured or killed," said Tusler.

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