Neighborhood anxiously waits for end to landslide

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by KING5.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- People living in an Everett neighborhood are anxiously waiting to see whether a natural landslide will take another home.

The landslide near Burl Avenue and Panaview Boulevard claimed one house Thursday when the ground beneath it gave way, causing the house to collapse and fall downhill.

Another home next door has been tagged as uninhabitable, and several more nearby have been deemed dangerous.

If you think it's bad for people at the top, imagine what it's like for people like Matthew Vanderberg, who's family's house is below the landslide.

"The whole thing is sliding," he said. "The trees are laid down,  snapped and broken."

Vanderberg is worried what may happen if the city doesn't come in and shore the land up.

"Gravity has its way of taking everything downhill," he said. "It's gonna happen one day. We don't know when."

"We may think we have control. This is a good reminder of we are not in as much control as we might like to think we are," said on-looker Maitland McKenzie.

City officials said they are monitoring the ground, but do not believe anyone downhill is at risk.

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