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.
KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports from the Darrington Library about the death of retired librarian Linda McPherson in Saturday's mudslide.
Officials said the scene from Saturday’s mudslide near Oso, Wash., is similar to when Mount St. Helens erupted.
“The devastation is just unrelenting and awesome,” said Governor Jay Inslee at a press conference. He toured the area by helicopter on Sunday. “There really is no stick standing in the path of the slide. And it is a reminder that we live in powerful forces of nature.”
People in the town of Darrington struggled Monday to comprehend the scope of the disaster just a few miles from them. The people who lived in the homes destroyed by Saturday's devastating mudflow are friends, relatives and neighbors.
Satellite images show the area on the Stillaguamish River near Oso, Washington, experienced a landslide in 2006. According to the Sliding Thought Blog, the "Hazel Landslide" that year was caused by groundwater and erosion by the north fork of the river.