- Posted March 24, 2014 by
Closed Doors for Landslide Victims of a Family-Owned Business
Flowers, balloons, and stuffed animals were left at the doors of the business on Monday. The lights were off and the doors were locked as a sad reminder of those lost in the terrible landslide.
Chad Allen, owner of PrepareMe America, a disaster preparedness and survival kit store in the same complex, expressed his concerns.
"I drive by this building everyday to work and look up at the Mountain Lion picture as this is where I turn right to go to our building," Allen reported. "It was so sad to see the condolences and flowers at their door and to know that fellow business owners with their entire families helping them run the business, will never be there again. One day you are here; the next day, gone in an instant. But it's extremely sad when an entire family is taken away," he said.
Not one person has been found alive since the landslide, although one dog was rescued.
There are unconfirmed reports that the land above the residences was being cleared where a lot of trees were uprooted or cut down. Apparently, this clearing was done without a permit from Snohomish County Officials. If this is true, there could be charges of not only property damage, but possible homicide charges brought against the individual or individuals responsible for clearing out the area illegally and without a permit. Snohomish County would have not approved the permit due to the slope of the hill and the residences below.
The suspected clearing out, along with the heavy rains, would have been enough to cause the hill to become unstable. There were approximately 30 or more homes in the 1-square mile slide impact zone. All 30 homes were destroyed and since it was the weekend, the chances for casualties were far greater as many were at home, including those who owned the business in Arlington and lost their lives.