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Saturday, March 24, 2018

California Storm Was A Nearly 500-Year Event, Officials Say

By Joseph Serna, Louis Sahagun, and Matt Hansen, Los Angeles Times A tropical rain storm that caused deadly floods and destructive mudslides in California’s San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday was the kind of weather event seen only once about every 500 years, the National Weather Service said. Starting at about 2:45 p.m., the storm dropped […]

August 5, 2014

‘Active Search’ Ends For Mudslide’s Last Two Victims

By Jack Broom, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The brother of one of the two people still missing in the Washington state mudslide said he understands and accepts Snohomish County officials’ decision to greatly scale back the search. “The amazing thing is that of 43 people who were lost, 41 were found,” said Frank Hadaway of […]

April 29, 2014

Obama To Visit Washington Mudslide To Pledge Support For Response

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, on his way to a weeklong trip to Asia, is headed to Washington state Tuesday to survey damage from the mudslide and meet with survivors, first responders and local officials one month after the tragedy. More than 40 people died in the disaster, which claimed […]

April 22, 2014

Local Volunteers Provide Help Like No Other At The Mudslide

By Nancy Bartley, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Just before dark on the drizzling day, the long line of trucks came back. Windshield wipers clicking, headlights beaming, there were firetrucks, aid cars, flatbed trucks with bulldozers and dump trucks. Dozens of them moved slowly along Highway 530 from the mudslide to the Oso Fire Department. “They’re […]

April 18, 2014

Death Toll Hits 37 In Washington Landslide; Seven Remain Missing

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times A 37th body has been recovered from the debris of last month’s landslide in Washington, officials announced Tuesday. The remains have not yet been identified, leaving the number of missing people at seven. The powerful and quick-moving landslide on March 22 in Oso killed families at home and contractors who […]

April 15, 2014

Expert Baffled By Ferocity, Distance Of ‘Freakish’ Landslide

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Richard Iverson may be one of the world’s foremost landslide experts, but if he had been driving along the Stillaguamish River March 22 when the slope across from Steelhead Drive began to crumble, he wouldn’t have fled to high ground. He would have pulled over to snap pictures. […]

April 10, 2014

Obama To Visit Washington State, See Mudslide Aftermath

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly to Washington state on April 22 to see the aftermath of the Snohomish County mudslide, exactly a month after one of the state’s worst natural disasters. The president notified U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) of his plans during a five-minute phone call […]

April 9, 2014

Near Mudslide Site, Two Young Families Shaken, Uncertain

By Jack Broom, The Seattle Times OSO, Wash. — Two young families who live just outside the section of Highway 530 closed by the March 22 mudslide say the disaster has left them shaken, and uncertain what to do next. “If it was just me, I’d stay out here forever, but we’ve got three kids to […]

April 8, 2014

Work On Berm To Begin To Help In Mudslide Search Effort

By Sandi Doughton and Katherine Long, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin work Monday on a berm to allow workers to pump river water out of a 260-acre area of the Washington state mudslide, making it safe to continue the search for the missing. The area on the northeast […]

April 7, 2014

Officials Considered Buying Out Landowners At Mudslide Site In 2004

By Mike Baker, Craig Welch and Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Only two years before allowing people to build new homes near the Washington slope that collapsed last month, Snohomish County officials had explored taking the community in the opposite direction. Concerned that a landslide there could “threaten life and property,” they considered buying […]

April 3, 2014

Hope For Mudslide Survivors ‘Almost Nonexistent’ As Search Continues

By Lornet Turnbull and Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The man often called upon to deliver heartbreaking news to families of mudslide victims says some relatives hold out hope that their loved ones might still be pulled out alive from the rubble. But 12 days after a massive hillside gave way and engulfed a […]

April 3, 2014

Mudslide Search Could Be Hampered By Flooding From Snow Runoff

By Hal Bernton and Lornet Turnbull, The Seattle Times SEATTLE—Searchers on Tuesday continued to recover the remains of victims from the muck of the deadly Snohomish County mudslide, but an official warned Tuesday the effort could be threatened by spring flooding. Slide debris blocking the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River could divert the increased flows […]

April 2, 2014

Washington State Used Outdated Data To Allow Logging On Slope

By Ken Armstrong, Justin Mayo and Mike Baker, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — State regulators have been using outdated boundaries to restrict logging above the Snohomish County slope that collapsed March 22, failing to incorporate newer research that would have protected a swath of land that wound up being clear-cut, according to a Seattle Times […]

March 31, 2014

Washington Landslide’s Official Death Toll Rises To 21; 30 Missing

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times The confirmed death toll from last weekend’s landslide in northwestern Washington state has risen to 21, and the remains of an additional four victims may have been found in the debris Sunday, officials said. The number of missing in Snohomish County remained at 30, officials said at an evening news […]

March 31, 2014

Washington State Mudslide Rescuers Share Their Stories

By Maria La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times DARRINGTON, Wash. — The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a […]

March 27, 2014

Residents In Mudslide-Prone Area Felt Safe From Smaller Slides, Official Says

By Paresh Dave and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times ARLINGTON, Wash. — Residents along the Stillaguamish River had felt protected from small landslides during the past eight years because Snohomish County spent millions of dollars shoring up the area after a mudslide in 2006, the county’s Emergency Management Director John Pennington said Wednesday. But the […]

March 26, 2014

Volunteers Join Search Of Mudslide Site For Signs Of Life

By Alexa Vaughn, The Seattle Times DARRINGTON, Washington — They returned to the site of the mudslide Tuesday in search of surviving friends and family — or, at the very least, closure. They found neither. Among them were Forrest Thompson, 18, and several friends who were almost arrested Sunday for mounting their own unauthorized rescue operation […]

March 26, 2014

Death Toll Rises To 14, Reports Of Missing Reach 176 In Washington Mudslide

by The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Rescuers in Washington on Monday found six more bodies in a milewide swath of mud and debris that plunged from a Snohomish County hillside, as reports of those still missing jumped to 176. So far, 14 people have been confirmed dead after the massive mudslide came down from above […]

March 25, 2014

River Probably Undercut, Destabilized Soggy Slope

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times Geologists say Saturday’s massive mudslide in Washington state was probably triggered when the Stillaguamish River undercut a slope already weakened by the relentless rainfall of recent weeks. “When you have a really steep bank made out of loose material, with the river eroding out the toe, that’s a recipe […]

March 24, 2014

After Huge Washington Mudslide, There’s ‘No Sign Of Life’

By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times ARLINGTON, Wash. — The voices heard late Saturday night from the rubble of a massive mudslide have gone silent. Thwarted for hours by ooze treacherous as quicksand, rescuers were able to resume their search for victims Sunday. But instead of survivors, they found more […]

March 24, 2014