The Rattlesnake Ridge slide continues to move but officials with the Yakima Office of Emergency Management say the slide is slowing and could stop itself. Horace Ward is the Senior Emergency Planner who tells KIT News the rate of the slide started to slow in May and ever since it hasn't increased in speed. Specifically Ward says the most recent monitoring information shows a decrease in movement with the slowest being .28 feet per week to the fastest being 1.05 per week. He says the slowing trend could eventually lead to the slide stopping itself.
Ward says if slowing trend continues and it doesn't stop itself the time frame of 5 to 7 years before the slide happens is projected out 20 to 30 years. He says they monitor the slide on a daily basis.