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Washington mudslide survivors search for meaning in their survival

  • This March 31, 2014 photo shows Larry Taylor who survived the Oso mudslide, talks about the moments after the landslide hit and the photos he took of the helicopter rescue that took place near his home, in Arlington, Wash.  (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve Ringman) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

    This March 31, 2014 photo shows Larry Taylor who survived the Oso mudslide, talks about the moments after the landslide hit and the photos he took of the helicopter rescue that took place near his home, in Arlington, Wash. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve Ringman) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER  (The Associated Press)

  • Larry Taylor who survived the Oso mudslide, talks about the moments after the landslide hit and the photos he took of the helicopter rescue that took place near his home, in Arlington, Wash., March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve Ringman) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

    Larry Taylor who survived the Oso mudslide, talks about the moments after the landslide hit and the photos he took of the helicopter rescue that took place near his home, in Arlington, Wash., March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve Ringman) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER  (The Associated Press)

Two weeks after a devastating mudslide in rural Washington state, the people who survived by luck or circumstances are trying to make sense of their experiences.

LoAnna Langton lived just 150 feet away from the devastation in Oso. She heard and saw it happen and then got her four children, their three friends who were visiting, her mother and her great-aunt to safety. Langton feels God was protecting her family.

Pastor Mike DeLuca of Darrington's First Baptist Church says he's been hearing many stories of others who were close to the mudslide but lived.

DeLuca says it's been hard for the survivors, including people who lost friends in the slide but were never in danger themselves.