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. More than a dozen people are listed as missing and 30 bodies have been found in debris from the March 22 landslide that broke off a steep hill, roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried a community at Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.
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."
Search and rescue crews make their way toward the Oso mudslide site via flood waters on Washington Highway 530 on March 29, 2014 in Oso, Washington. Commanders are making sure people have the right gear to stay safe in the rain and potentially hazardous materials, and they're keeping a close eye on the level of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to be sure nobody is trapped by rising water. "We go all the way to the dirt," he said.
Rescue workers use chainsaws and other tools to dig through a tangle of trees and mud marked as having a possible victim of the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington, Wash. Those at the service will be praying both for the miracle of his safety and for the woman's coming to accept her loss with a measure of peace, Little said.
A worker is pictured with tanks surrounded with "hazardous material" tape as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive landslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 29, 2014. Those at the service will be praying both for the miracle of his safety and for the woman's coming to accept her loss with a measure of peace, Little said.
"Oso Much Hope" printed on the Oso mudslide support t-shirts in downtown Arlington, Washington in the U.S. proves that people are still clinging to positive thoughts despite the devastation that hang above everyone's head like thick black clouds. Even if reports say that the weather is making it harder for the rescue teams to go through the debris and mud brought by the 600-foot hill that collapsed and washed out 47 homes in Oso, hope is still in the hearts of the people of the Washington state.
"The slide hit with such force that oftentimes rescuers are not recovering full, intact victims," Jason Biermann, a spokesman for the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said during a briefing for the news media. The most notable sound was the rain hitting the gray muddy ground. No one has been pulled from the wreckage alive in nearly a week, and Mason, the fire battalion chief, said the recovery effort has moved from a hasty search of places where survivors were most likely to be -- trapped under a piece of roof, for example -- to a painstakingly slow forensic search of each pile of debris.
Drones may soon deliver products , provide Internet to everyone and now, the unmanned aerial vehicles are set to help emergency responders if the mudslide disaster in Oso, Wash., becomes worse. Insitu , the Boeing-owned unmanned aircraft maker, has prepared drones at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., that could fly over and monitor the area around the mudslide, which has destroyed homes and killed 18 .
'There was always stuff coming down," said one woman of life in the tiny Washington State community called Oso that was largely obliterated by a horrific mudslide just over a week ago. The number of houses in the danger zone multiplied, and many of those houses were reduced to kindling-sized pieces by the force of the slide.