More mudslides on the horizon?

, Posted: Fri, April 4 2014 at 3:09 PM, Updated: Fri, April 4 2014 at 3:13 PM

Federal Way, Wash. -- (KING)  The landslide in Oso has Washington residents keeping a close eye on hillsides in their own communities. 

In Pierce County, a landslide this past weekend could lead to more movement on a hillside near Dash Point State Park.

What was initially a four inch crack along the hillside has turned into four feet. Since Monday, that hasn't changed, but with rain anticipated Thursday and through the weekend, another slide puts at least three homes in danger.

"This is about 50 tons of material sitting here and that's our big hazard right now," said Dash Point's Fire Chief Cliff McCollum.  "It could destroy one of the houses down below." 

And Combs' home is sitting right in the path of the potential landslide.

“It could destroy one of the houses down below,” said McCollum. “It's a big chunk of material and there's already a lot of pressure at the bottom of the hill.”

Since Saturday's landslide near Markham Avenue, McCollum has been monitoring movement along the same hillside.

“We're just going to keep a heightened state of awareness and monitoring this three or four times a day,” said McCollum.

The chief even brought in a geologist from the Department of Transportation to survey the land.

“They think it's probably going to slide and it's going to depend on the rain how much it's going to slide,” said McCollum

They’re warnings that homeowners now can't ignore - but ones that won't change how they feel about where they call home.

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