Emergency Officials Give Rattlesnake Ridge Update
Social media rumors were circulating early Monday about the slide on Rattlesnake Ridge becoming worse. In fact, there were reports that a massive slide was about to happen at any moment.
This was completely FALSE.
The Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management reported that there was no truth to the new rumors on social media.
"After receiving reports of increased landslide activity YVOEM and our response partners visually reassessed the area and spoke with the geologists monitoring the slide," the office said in a press release issued Monday afternoon. "While we did observe rocks falling into the quarry we were reassured that this is to be expected throughout the duration of the landslide as it continues to move."
Emergency officials added that the monitoring equipment placed all over the ridge slide area has not seen an increase in velocity and the slide continues to move at the pace of 1.7 feet per week.
There are no changes to evacuation levels and Interstate 82 is still open.