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Landslides
6:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Living in the Shadow of Landslide Risk

Ben Van Dusen has lived in a landslide and flood-prone area near Mt. Index in Washington's Cascade Mountains for 20 years. He says he loves the beauty of the place but feels "stuck".
Credit Ashley Ahearn

The landslide in Oso, Washington served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.

In some places, it’s a risk people have learned to live with.

Landslides have wiped out the only access road to one rural community along the Skykomish River three times since December. A dozen homes in the Mt. Index River Sites community were destroyed by the slides. Fortunately no one was hurt.

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Washington Landslide
6:28 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Logging Crossed Line into Oso Landslide Zone

Credit Washington State Patrol

Seattle just wrapped up its wettest March on record.
Geologists say heavy rain in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle was key in triggering the landslide that killed at least 24 people in the town of Oso last week.
But they say clearcutting nearby could also have worsened the risk of the hillside collapsing.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:34 am
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week Later, Prayers For Landslide Victims And Stories Of Survival

Steve Sconce says he would have been repairing a roof in the slide zone had he not decided to attend his son's wrestling match.
Kara McDermott

The death roll has risen to 21 following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. But the number of missing has been lowered dramatically--to 30. Over the weekend, the search for victims continued. At the same time, residents in the nearby town of Darrington paused to pray and reflect.

Here at First Baptist Church, they prayed for the families of the victims. Members of the congregation also told stories of survival. Steve Sconce was supposed to have been fixing a roof on a house directly in the path of the landslide.

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Washington Landslide
8:30 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Diners at the Bluebird Café in downtown Arlington, Washington observe a moment of silence to mark one week since the landslide disaster.
Credit Chris Lehman

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically. It's now down to 30.

Searchers are still pulling bodies from the debris…sometimes in pieces. Steve Schertzinger is a chaplain  with the nearby Marysville Police Department. He describes what it was like to deliver bad news to a grieving family member.

Steve Schertzinger: "We sat down and I just said well, the waiting is over. And then I cried. I cried."

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Washington Landslide
6:45 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Volunteers Recover Bodies of Friends And Neighbors in Washington Landslide

Bob DeYoung has recovered bodies of his friends and neighbors in the Oso landslide. His wife has been cooking for hundreds of people a day at the Darrington community hall
Credit Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW.

Wednesday night an emergency commander in Darrington, Washington told a packed town meeting the number of confirmed dead in the Oso landslide is now 25. And dozens are still missing.
The numbers change as bodies are recovered. It’s grim and exhausting work.

 

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

DeYoung: “Sticks to everything.”

You could see he had been working hard. He had been out all day.

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