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twin cities' unlikely experience with landslides gets attention in washington

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twin cities' unlikely experience with landslides gets attention in washington

minnesota isn’t usually considered a problem area for landslides and mudslides. but in the past several years, the state has seen several devastating examples of each:• two children killed in a 2013 landslide during a field trip at lilydale regional park in st. paul.• the collapse of a slope on west river parkway in minneapolis in 2014 that cost millions of dollars to repair.• houses destroyed along purgatory creek in eden prairie and along the minnesota river in henderson, minn.so eric waage, hennepin county’s emergency management director, was recently invited with other experts to brief congress on landslide threats and the science behind them.he discussed a relatively rare local-scale landslide assessment that hennepin county is doing and why it’s important to local emergency officials.“when i attend a conference like this, i’m asked if i’m lost,” he said. “this issue is usually associated with mountainous states.“but i was there to indicate it’s just not a mountain range problem.”waage, a retired officer with the minnesota national guard, was the only speaker at the meeting with first responder experience. the other three speakers were jonathan godt with the u.s. geological survey, penny luehring with the u.s. forest service and jennifer bauer with appalachian landslide consultants.rep. doug lamborn, r-colo., held the briefing. it included observations from the hurricanes in puerto rico and how science can help decisionmakers reduce losses and...