Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month.
President Barack Obama plans a brief visit near Seattle to survey damage from a recent mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.
President Obama plans to visit the Oso mudslide Tuesday to meet with victim families and first responders one month after a hillside gave way and buried about three-dozen homes.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office counted two more victims Monday, but said they have not yet been officially identified.
The slide left a sewage-smelling swamp of gray clay and brown dirt, woven with roots and branches and dotted here with the twisted wreckage of a red pickup truck and there with a young girl’s pink flip-flop.
The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39.
A Seattle hospital spokeswoman says an 81-year-old man injured in the deadly March 22 mudslide at Oso has been discharged. That leaves just one mudslide victim still at Harborview Medical Center.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office has now identified all 36 victims it has received from the Oso mudslide.
Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help.
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says President Barack Obama plans to visit the scene of Washington state’s landslide later this month.