KUOW's Ongoing Coverage Of The Deadly Oso Mudslide
On Saturday, March 22, a mile-wide mudflow devastated Oso, Wash., 55 miles north of Seattle. The massive damage and mounting casualties have rocked the small community between Arlington and Darrington.
Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:33 pm
Authorities announced Monday that the death toll from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., had risen to 41. Four people are still listed as missing.
Tuesday marks one month since the devastating landslide that caught the small community in the Cascade foothills by surprise. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed, setting in motion a massive flow of mud and debris.
A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.
As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work. Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.
Nearly a month after the devastating mudslide destroyed a neighborhood and wiped out the highway between the two towns, people are trying to find a "new normal" in a place where nothing will be the same again.
Washington mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc, left, talks to the media with her partner Ty Suddarth at Harborview Medical Center, April 9, 2014, in Seattle. On March 22, Skorjanic said she was trapped in a pocket formed by her broken couch and pieces of her roof with her infant son.
Oso landslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc spoke from her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Wednesday. She and her 5-month-old baby Duke Suddarth are among the few who survived the landslide.
As Skorjanc’s partner Ty Suddarth sits next to her, she describes that moment when the landslide hit.
It carried her and her son 600 feet from where their home once stood.
Transcript: Amanda Skorjanc Recalls March 22 Oso Mudslide
Ty had just given us a big family hug and he was going into Darrington to the hardware store.
The first wave of memorial services honoring the victims who perished in the Oso landslide took place this weekend.
In Darrington, residents gathered to remember Linda McPherson, a longtime resident and librarian. After the service, the community gathered for a meal together. It's a special tradition that goes back many decades in this small community.
An orange backhoe beeps in the background as cleanup workers and search dogs slog through the gray-blue clay of the Oso landslide zone. In the distance a muddy American flag waves over hummocks of exposed roots, broken trees and the remnants of the 42 homes that used to line this stretch of highway in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle.