Unstable slopes bring evacuation notices to Squilchuck Road area residents

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Increasing concerns over unstable slopes and the potential for landslides in the Squilchuck Road area have prompted emergency preparations by Chelan County Public Works.

Officials met last night with affected homeowners in the Cranmer and Whispering Ridge Road areas where the ground movement has intensified according to Public Information Officer with Chelan County Public Works, Jill FitzSimmons.

“That area up there, our geo-tech has recorded 23 feet [of movement] in nine days, that area has moved about 4.5 feet in the last day or two,” FitzSimmons said, adding that the unstable conditions have prompted precautionary evacuation notices for the affected private properties.

“There have been a handful of homeowners advised in both the Cranmer area and Whispering Ridge by emergency management that they would like them to leave,” FitzSimmons said. “I don’t know if everyone has done that but emergency management is encouraging it.”

The unstable slope has prompted emergency actions including the installation of a 780-foot culvert along the uphill ditch line on Squilchuck Road.

Squilchuck Road map

The culvert is a precautionary measure in the event of a future landslide in that area. The work starts next week and will require the closure of Squilchuck Road between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Detours will be available.