ARLINGTON, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee was among several hundred people who gathered Friday night for an interdenominational prayer service honoring the victims, families and rescuers affected by the deadly March 22 mudslide in the Washington town of Oso.
Hanging at the front of the middle school gym where the service took place was a large banner that simply said "Together." KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/1oDGrL) that clergy involved in planning the Arlington, Wash., event wanted to reflect the connection among neighbors not only in Oso but in nearby Arlington and Darrington.
The audience twice gave standing ovations to first responders who continue to search the debris for missing people.
Arlington Fire Chief Bruce Stedman told the crowd that "nobody, and I mean nobody, could be prepared for what we encountered."
As of Friday, the toll stood at 30 people dead and 13 missing in the landslide that buried the community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/