We've got dozens of house built on the edge of the bluff. We've got our biggest hospital on the edge of the bluff. And of course, we have our old dump, just a couple of feet from beginning an epic dive right into the Strait.
Per the houses, if I owned one, I'd be moving heaven and earth to get out of it, before the latter part of that phrase kicks in.
Waterfront property available - cheap!
As for the hospital, I am amazed that there has been very little discussion of its precarious state. In the fabled major earthquake that so many people here seem to worry about, I'm betting that the hospital will partially or completely slide into the water. Even a partial collapse would make the hospital unusable - only we'd probably really need a hospital in an event like that.
Now, as we know, the City is in its classic boneheaded way trying to "deal with" the problem. But their approach is hampered by several things.
One is, of course, that the bluff in question could literally go any second. As I type this, garbage could finally be spilling into the Strait. So timing is indeed, if not everything, very important.
But time is money, and the City has spread theirs so far and wide already, and the failure of the State to pass a supplemental budget means that $5 million dollars the City was (foolishly) counting on is gone. Tell me honestly: Does that lack of a supplemental budget make my utility bill look fat? I suspect it will.
Another challenge with the City's chosen approach to "dealing with" the old dump could be described as generational. The City is planning to spend huge amounts of money to try and divert some of the tidal energy hitting the base of the bluff. But given the direction of the tides, and the contours of the shoreline, that displaced energy is most likely to head east, which aims it right at the bluff below the cemetery. Which means, if all goes "well" with the City's diversion plan, it's possible that within a generation, past generations will be threatening to go for a swim in the Strait. Surfing dead? We may find out.
Cowabunga! Looking good, grandpa!
How did we get to be in such a...stupid, stupid state? Who puts a dump on a bluff? Per the last post topic, who permits houses to be built on bluffs? And for god's sake, who builds a hospital on a bluff?
We know the bluffs can recede at a rate of up to 20 feet a year in the worst case scenario. We know it rains here, and that we thus have landslide "issues" locally. We know so much, and yet seem to do so little.
Are you concerned about any of this? Are you satisfied with City's approach in "dealing with" the old dump? Are you, like me, mystified at the seeming lack of concern about our nearest hospital literally being on the brink? Is Port Angeles going to be the next big national landslide story?