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Oso Mudslide
1:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Landslide Debris Makes Search And Recovery Excruciating Slow

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's day six of the search and rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Oso, Washington. The death toll stands right now at 26. Ninety people are still reported missing. That's left many families in limbo waiting for news. NPR's Martin Kaste reports on why the recovery work has been so excruciatingly slow.

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Landslide Insurance
2:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Likely To Face Financial Woes

Saturday's mudslide in Oso destroyed at least 49 homes.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Jim Davis, editor of the Herald Business Journal in Everett, about the bleak financial outlook facing Oso victims whose homes were damaged in the recent mudslide.

"There are 1.5 million single-family homes in the state of Washington. Only 4,700 homeowners and business owners have landslide insurance," Davis said.

Oso Mudslide
9:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Fire Chief: 'We're Going To Exhaust All Options To Find Someone Alive'

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots at a recent press conference about the Oso mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots was not at the press conferences on Wednesday after he was urged to get some rest in the wake of the ongoing response to the fatal Oso mudslide.

Instead, Hots said he headed to the site of the slide to survey the area and interact with the volunteers who continue to dig through the swampy conditions with bulldozers, shovels and their hands in an attempt to find people believed to be buried in the mud.

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Oso Mudslide
8:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

National Guard Searcher Describes 'Sifting' Through Crushed House

Washington National Guard searchers are assisting in the effort to locate victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.
Washington National Guard

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:31 pm

The Washington National Guard has now deployed two Black Hawk helicopters to the Oso landslide. On the ground, specially-trained search teams looked for victims in the mud and debris.

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Community Response
8:33 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mudslide Rescue Volunteers: ‘We’re Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not’

Bob DeYoung has been volunteering in the search efforts at the Oso mudslide. The three people he has found are people he knows, including a child. His wife Julie DeYoung has been cooking at the Darrington community center.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis Fletcher's report on Darrington volunteers in the mudslide search and rescue.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher and Bill Radke talk about the scene in Darrington.

Bob DeYoung came to a prayer vigil in Darrington wearing thick suspenders that held up jeans covered in mud.

“Sticks to everything,” he explained.

You could see he had been working hard. He had been out all day at the recovery site of the Oso mudslide, a square mile of devastated terrain 50 feet deep.

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Oso Mudslide
6:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Authorities: Mudslide Missing Number Drops To 90

A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide that covers state Route 530 in Oso Wednesday.
Credit AP Photo/Rick Wilking

Washington authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing from a community wiped out by a mudslide, as the families and friends of those still unaccounted for begin to confront the reality that some may never be found.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Concern Over Landslide-Logging Connection Near Oso Is Decades Old

WSDOT photo of Oso slide area annotated by retired fisheries biologist Bill McMillan of Concrete, Wash.
Courtesy of WSDOT / Bill McMillan

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.

Saturday's deadly slide was the latest in a long string of landslides to hit the area known as the Hazel or Oso slide along the North Fork Stillaguamish River.

State and tribal officials have known about and tried to block landslides on that spot for half a century.

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Oso Mudflow
4:05 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

A Call For Landslide Insurance For Homeowners

The death toll continues to rise as crews search under the debris after Saturday's mudslide in Oso.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Burns, a geologist and landslide expert at Portland State University, about how he hopes the tragedy in Oso will lead to landslide insurance for homeowners and better landslide hazard maps to prevent future devastation.

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Oso Mudslide
3:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Representative Suzan DelBene Joins Mudslide Relief Efforts

Representative Suzan DelBene speaking at a press conference on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Marcie Sillman checks in with U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene, who serves the 1st Congressional District, about helping on the scene of the Oso mudslide.

Oso Mudslide
3:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide Describes Baby Rescue

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

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:22 pm

One of the first pictures from the Oso landslide was of a muddied state trooper emerging from the disaster zone just after helping to rescue a critically injured baby.

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Oso Mudslide
3:03 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Geological Circumstances Behind Washington Mudslide

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:26 pm

As search efforts intensify around the site of Washington state’s devastating mudslide, geologists are looking into causes of the rapid collapse of the 1,500-foot-wide segment of hillside in Snohomish County that suddenly cut away and crushed the homes and roads below.

The chief culprit appears to have been the glacial composition of the hillside, which is made of silt, clay and soil, and very little rock, which tends to be very loose.

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Oso Tragedy
11:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts

Search dog Stratus leaps through a debris field while working with a handler on the Oso mudslide site.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Rescuers are employing high tech electronics to help locate buried victims in the Oso mudslide. But old fashioned tools have actually worked best according to local fire chief Travis Hots.

“In the last three days, the most effective tool has been dogs and just our bare hands and shovels uncovering people," he says. "The dogs are the ones that are pinpointing a particular area to look. We’re looking and that’s how we’re finding people.”

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Homes On Coastal Bluffs
11:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk

Ruth Trail, a resident of the Magnolia area of Seattle, surveys where a landslide took out homes on Perkins Lane in 1996.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S.

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Oso Mudflow
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why It's So Hard To Pin Down The Number Of Missing People After A Disaster

An aerial View of the landslide over SR 530 near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate.

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Oso Mudslide
8:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Latest Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning

The cabin that Bonnie Brown's family built in the 1970s that was in the path of the Oso mudslide.
Credit Courtesy of Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown still has photos to remind her of the cabin her parents built in the 1970s near the Stillaguamish River. It was the kind of place that kids dream of.

“It was just a very beautiful place,” she said. “With beaver ponds and streams and meadows and trails through the wood.”

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