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On the scene at Oso

The March 22 Oso mudslide has drawn resources and people from across the region to help in the tragedy.

Tim Perciful, public information officer for Mountain View Fire and Rescue, has been on the scene for nearly a week.

He said in a phone interview Tuesday that he may be back at Mountain View Friday, though that may change if there are funerals that day.

Perciful said the current concern is continuing to search for those still missing, and with the warmer temperatures , the snow melt may cause the water level to rise.

“The Army Corps is coming to see what can be done,” Perciful said. “We are still trying to do searches.”

The landslide created a natural dam, Perciful said, but melting snow could cause water to breach the natural dam and flood more homes.

According to a news report provided by The Everett Herald, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit on Monday provided the a list of 22 missing people.

Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield wrote April 1, “Late today, medical examiners said they have so far received the remains of 28 slide victims and have identified a total of 22.”

Cornfield wrote that the “mudslide and subsequent flooding have caused at least $32.1 million in damage to public infrastructure, according to preliminary assessments by state and federal authorities.

“Gov. Jay Inslee cited that figure today in a letter sent to President Barack Obama asking for federal assistance to help local and tribal governments cover an array of costs incurred in clearing debris and repairing roads and waterways damaged by the disaster.”

 

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