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April 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Oso mudslide: Spend money in the area when it’s safe

A large American Flag flies at half staff in the debris field caused by the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, west of Darrington, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The large flag, raised on the third day of the mudslide aftermath, replaces an older flag found in the debris field and raised at half staff by the Oso fire department on the second day. (MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

As we follow the tragic events resulting from the mudslide in the Darrington-Oso area, we have been shown many ways to offer support for those affected [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed," Opinion, March 30].

The response has been overwhelming. We are saddened by the loss of life and property, while our spirits are lifted by the way those towns and surrounding communities have come together to get through this as best they can.

At some point the road will be cleared and the recovery efforts will be completed or curtailed. When that time has come, and when we are given the OK to again travel through these towns without being a hindrance, I suggest that we take a little drive up their way and show our support for them.

Stop at a cafe and have a meal; spend a little money at the hardware store that has been so generous with supplies for the rescue and recovery teams; visit the shops and let these people know our hearts — and our pocketbooks — go out to them.

Wish them well as they try to resume lives that will never be the same.

Chris Salditt, Mukilteo

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