As hope for survivors of the devastating mudslide in Oso dims, Snohomish County officials have released information on how best to help mudslide victims, their families and struggling surrounding communities. The area remains very dangerous, and officials said non-dispatched individuals at the scene would complicate efforts. And the Red Cross reminded people NOT to bring donation items to area shelters.
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.
The home of Ron and Gail Thompson, 30812 Steelhead Drive, was among those covered in mud and debris, said Sandy Larsson of Kalamazoo, whose sister, Shawna Wilder, also lives in Kalamazoo. "He said their house was the safest of all" of the homes on the U-shaped drive. Johnson said it was hours before they realized the magnitude of the slide.
Authorities say the number of people who have been confirmed dead from a mudslide that buried the small mountainside community of Oso in the United States, has increased to 21, from 18. Crews have now completed a makeshift road that will link one side of the debris field to the other, significantly easing the recovery operation.
Jeff Vaughn, principal at Bellingham High School, confirmed an earlier tip about an outpouring of charity at the school March 28. "Tom served two terms on the City of Bellingham Planning and Development Commission, four years as chair. He also served two terms on the Parks Board and as the Parks Board liaison to the Greenway Advisory Committee. Library Board members who interviewed Tom were impressed by his extensive city service, including as former president and board member of the Samish Neighborhood Association, and as a representative to the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Council."