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. 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.
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.
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.