OSO, Wash. – More than two months after a deadly landslide buried a small community north of Seattle, crews are still working to help people and businesses in the area recover from one of the worst natural disasters in state history.
WHAT'S THE STATUS OF CLEANUP WORK?
State officials say a roughly one-mile section of Highway 530 that was covered by debris could open by late June. The portion of roadway would still need improvements, but it would provide a faster and safer link to Interstate 5 for the town of Darrington, which was cut off by the massive mudslide. The state wants to have a permanent, elevated highway built by October, when flood danger increases.
HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED TO ASSIST FAMILIES?
Three nonprofit organizations said earlier this month that they have raised more than $7 million and have already spent about half of that to help about 50 families and their neighbors begin to rebuild their lives. The American Red Cross has received more than $3 million. The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation based in Arlington, Washington, has raised $1.7 million and the United Way of Snohomish County took in $2.4 million.
HAVE ALL THE VICTIMS BEEN RECOVERED?
The remains of 42 people from the March 22 landslide in Oso, Washington, have now been recovered, with one person known to be missing — 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge, whose husband also died. Authorities ended the active search for bodies late last month.