Mudslides

Recovery
12:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Massive Wildfire, Town Of Twisp Digging Out From Flash Flooding

This steep hillside in Finley Canyon shows the story.
Anna King

Residents near the town of Twisp, Washington are digging out from mud that ripped through Finley Canyon last week. Because the record-breaking Carlton Complex wildfires have left soil and rock primed to run downhill, more damage could be on the way.

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Disasters And Accidents
12:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides Near Twisp

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation water pours over a damaged road east of Twisp, Wash., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
WSDOT

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washington have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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Oso Slide
9:43 am
Thu April 17, 2014

3 More Mudslide Victims Identified

A search worker walks with a tool Wednesday, April 16, 2014, as the search continues for the remaining missing victims of the massive deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso, Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving four names left on the list of the missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday it has now identified all 39 victims it has received.

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Oso Slide
10:05 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 39

A road sign advising the closure of Highway 530 stands near a small display of flowers and a cross Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Darrington, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office announced two more victims Wednesday and said it's trying to identify three of the bodies.

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Oso Slide
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims

Tom Banse Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington state Capitol.

Flags will fly at half-mast across Washington state until next Tuesday to honor the victims of last month's deadly landslide. Earlier Tuesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner raised the death toll by one to 37. Seven others remain missing.

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Oso Slide
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Slide Survivor: I Called County 3 Times Before Buying Home, But No One Warned Me

What's left of Robin Youngblood's property is seen in the wake of the mudslide.
Courtesy Robin Youngblood

Former Oso resident Robin Youngblood calls the mudslide she survived last month “devastating, horrific and totally unnecessary.” Thirty seven people are confirmed dead, and seven remain missing as crews search for remains. 

Youngblood was pulled from the ruins after her mobile home was flattened. She’s now on a mission to get laws changed to prevent people from building or remaining in slide-prone areas once the danger is known.

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Oso Slide
5:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

36th Victim Of Oso Mudslide ID'd; 7 Still Missing

Workers use hand tools next to heavy equipment at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office has now identified all 36 victims it has received from the Oso mudslide.

The office on Friday added the name of 14-year-old Denver Harris of Arlington, who was killed by blunt force injuries. The boy had been on the missing list.

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Endangered Fish
5:01 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Scientists Monitoring Oso Slide’s Effects On Stillaguamish Fish Runs

Turbid waters at the confluence of the Stillaguamish River after the mudslide present challenging circumstances for endangered fish.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As the search for victims of the Oso mudslide continues, scientists are monitoring its effects on endangered fish runs.

The cloudiness of the Stillaguamish River due to sediment washing down after the slide is a big concern. But it looks like initial fears of devastation are giving way to optimism. 

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Oso Slide
5:15 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Searchers work with heavy equipment near the edge of a deadly mudslide, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County. But during an interview with public radio Wednesday, Inslee said the arrival of the Federal Emergency Management Agency aid does not replace private charity.

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Oso Slide
2:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Slide Survivor Haunted By Memories Of 'Horrible, Rumbling, Wet' Sound, Guilt

Washington mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc, left, talks to the media with her partner Ty Suddarth at Harborview Medical Center, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Seattl
AP Photo/The Herald, Dan Bates, Pool

Amanda Skorjanc was sitting in her kitchen with her baby son, Duke, when she heard “what sounded like a truck off a rumble strip.”

“And then it continued, and I thought, ‘Oh, maybe it’s an earthquake.’ And then the light started to shake. The light started to blink,” said the 25-year-old mother.

Skorjanc looked out the side door of her Oso home, and saw nothing. Then she looked out the front door.

“It was like a movie. Houses were exploding,” she said, fighting back tears. “The next thing I see is the neighbor’s chimney coming in through our front door. And I turned and I held Duke, and I did not let him go.”

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Oso Slide
9:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 35

Workers move debris at the scene of a deadly mudslide, torn off from the hill at upper left almost two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says one more person has been added to the list of people killed in the Washington state mudslide.

Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that at least 35 people have died, but officials are still working to identify four of them.

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Oso Slide
8:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide, Meet Families And Emergency Responders

A soccer ball sits adjacent to the Whitehorse Trail near where it landed after a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash
AP Photo

Pres. Barack Obama will visit the site of the deadly mudslide in Snohomish County and meet with family members of victims and first responders, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

The governor said the president will visit the community of Oso later this month, during the week of April 21.  His visit will come approximately one month after the disaster.

"This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Inslee said in a statement. 

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Oso Slide
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 33

A demolished recreational vehicle lies in a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 33.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received three more victims than previously reported. Of those, 30 have been identified.

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Oso Slide
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

In Wake Of Deadly Slide, Chaplains Responding To Emotional Emergencies

Based at the Darrington fire station, Reverend Owen Couch greets first responders when they come in from long days searching in the muck.
Rae Ellen Bichell KPLU

As the weeks go by after the deadly mudslide in Oso, the number of volunteers helping to clean up the muddy mess is dwindling. But there’s another team working on an invisible mess — the emotional one. They’re volunteer, emergency response chaplains. Long after the funerals are over and the debris has been disposed of, their work will continue. 

Steve Schertzinger, Owen Couch, and Suzanne and Ray Thompson were some of the first volunteers to arrive after the mudslide in Oso. The chaplains will likely be some of the last to leave. 

Since they retired as a nurse and a firefighter, Suzanne and Ray Thompson have bounced from disaster to disaster.

"Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, ice storms," Ray Thompson recalled. "I've kind of lost count."

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Oso Slide
1:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive?

A demolished recreational vehicle lies near the edge of a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.

"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.

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