Oso slide

Oso Slide
3:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Slide Death Toll Rises To 24, Number Of Missing Drops to 22

Footprints from searchers remain in mud at the edge of a deadly mudslide Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24, and the number of missing has dropped from 30 to 22.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Monday that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 17 of them have been positively identified.

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Oso Slide
12:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Inslee Asks For Federal Disaster Declaration

WSDOT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses impacted by the massive Oso landslide on March 22.

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Oso Slide
5:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

How Animal Owners Are Coping After Slide In Heart Of Washington's Horse Country

The March 22 mudslide narrowly missed the Andrews family's property in Oso, Wash., where this 14-year-old horse named Cassie was kept. After flood waters threatened the property, the Andrews family had to rush to remove Cassie from the property.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Tons of donated food has already poured into the tiny Snohomish County communities touched by the deadly March 22 mudslide, and not all of it's for humans.

Dozens of volunteers spent the weekend stocking up donated feed for critters as small as chickens and as large as cows at a makeshift animal shelter and food shelf at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, just east of the slide area.

It's one of many ways community members are coping with the disaster, which hit the heart of the state's horse country. Members of the Darrington Horse Owner's Association started the effort to accommodate animals displaced by the slide.

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Natural Disaster
9:10 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Oso Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

A dog works with searchers at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically, down to 30.

Searchers are still pulling bodies from the debris, sometimes in pieces. Steve Schertzinger, a chaplain with the nearby Marysville Police Department, described what it was like to deliver bad news to a grieving family member.

"We sat down and I just said, 'Well, the waiting is over.' And then I cried. I cried," he said.

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Oso Slide
5:34 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

One Week After Deadly Mudslide, Darrington Observes Moment Of Silence

First responders shield two babies from drizzle in Darrington, Wash., during a brief ceremony to mark one week since the deadly mudslide on Highway 530 just west of town.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Local leaders in Darrington bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, exactly one week after the deadly mudslide wreaked havoc in nearby Oso.

Search and rescue workers, firefighters and other first responders marked the moment in front of Darrington's fire station, standing in steady rain that continues to hamper rescue efforts at the site of the slide 12 miles down the road.

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Oso Slide
8:12 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

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Oso Slide
10:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Crews Opt For More 'Methodical' Tactics As Wet Weather Slows Search

Authorities have released the names of five of the victims of last weekend’s deadly mudslide in Oso that left at least 25 people dead and dozens more missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner confirmed the names of five victims. The youngest is 5-year-old Kaylee Spillers. Also killed were Christina Jefferds, William Welsh and Linda McPherson of Arlington, and Stephen Neal of Darrington.

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Natural Disaster
12:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Weather Working Against Deadly Landslide Responders

WSDOT

Heavy rain in Friday’s forecast threatens to hinder ongoing search and recovery operations at the side of the catastrophic mudslide near Oso.

Mother Nature is just not cooperating with the hundreds of searchers and heavy equipment operators at the scene of Saturday’s deadly landslide.

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Oso Slide
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

At The Landslide Front Line, Comparisons To Mount St. Helens Devastation

Members of the Washington Air National Guard wade through mud and debris looking for signs of missing persons.
Spc. Matthew Sissel 122D PAOC Washington National Guard

A local fire chief is warning communities around the deadly landslide in northwest Washington to brace for a jump in the death toll Friday.

Meanwhile, fresh crews are rotating in to relieve exhausted first responders. Friday is the seventh day of the rescue and recovery mission at the place known in shorthand as “the pile.”

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Disaster Relief
8:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Inslee Requests Additional Financial Aid For Slide

WSDOT maintenance crews helping clear a path on SR 530 for emergency response to the landslide in Snohomish County.
WSDOT

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking for an expansion of a federal emergency declaration the state received earlier this week in response to a devastating mudslide that has killed at least two dozen people and left many missing.

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Oso Slide
2:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Oso Landslide Death Toll Could Eclipse 1910 Avalanche, Become Deadliest In State History

File photo of the wreck of one of the trains that was hit by an avalanche at Wellington, Wash., on March 1, 1910.
U.S. Library of Congress

The Oso landslide may go down in history as the deadliest natural disaster in Washington.

On March 1, 1910 an avalanche near Stevens Pass wiped out two snowbound trains killing 96 people. It was Washington’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life.

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Mudslide Rescue
3:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide: 'It’s An Incredibly Helpless Feeling'

Trooper Rocky Oliphant emerges from the Oso landslide after assisting with the rescue of an infant boy. Oliphant was the first trooper on the scene of the disaster on Saturday.
Washington State Patrol

It was Saturday morning. State Trooper Rocky Oliphant was watching for speeders on Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 530 exit. Then a call came across his radio.

“Initially, [they] put out the call as a possible flood with a barn roof in the road,” he said.

Oliphant was about 20 miles away. He responded. As he got closer more information came in. It was a mudslide. He remembers coming around a corner.

“There’s basically no words to describe the amount of devastation. Houses in the road, roof in the road, random debris everywhere,” he said.

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Natural Disaster
9:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure would likely decline dramatically.

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Natural Disaster
8:48 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8 In Snohomish County, At Least 18 Missing

A view of the breach where water from the Stillaguamish River is beginning to move through the dam created by Saturday's mudslide on SR 530 in Oso.
WSDOT

Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.

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Natural Disaster
12:51 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Inslee: Deadly Mudslide Caused 'Total Devastation' In Snohomish County

WSDOT

Eighteen people were unaccounted for a day after a terrifying wall of mud, trees and debris destroyed as many as 30 houses in rural northwestern Washington state and killed four people, authorities said Sunday.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said Sunday that crews were able to get out to the debris and found the fourth body buried in the mud. Hots said emergency responders and technical rescue personnel found "no signs of life" as they scoured the area.

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