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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


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March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oso mudslide: Echos around the world to come from climate change

When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…


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March 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Oso mudslide: Now is not the time to be pointing fingers

A searcher walks amidst a massive pile of debris at the scene of the slide on Thursday (MARK MULLIGAN / AP).

The people of Oso and the surrounding communities have suffered the most horrendous loss, one that is totally unimaginable to most of us [“Precious time wasted in critical first hours after slide, some say,” Local News, March 26].

So imagine my shock and dismay when reading a state senator and another community official casing blame on how the initial search was handled. Maybe there were mistakes made, we don’t know. But for the families to hear that in light of what


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Jill Eshenbaugh, Oso, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

March 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Snohomish mudslide: letter from father of missing woman; effects of logging

This aerial photo, taken after Saturday’s landslide, shows part of the plateau that has been logged over the decades. Right above where the hill fell away is a 7½-acre patch, shaped like a triangle, that was clear-cut about nine years ago. (Photo from The Associated Press).

Risks known

Several years ago this same hill slid, and altered the course of the river. The Army Corps of Engineers did a lot of work on the site, but they knew it was unstable [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 24].

My daughter lived on Steelhead Drive, and I tried to convince her it wasn’t a good place to live. She and her neighbors liked it there, and now they’re gone. Perhaps more could have been done to relocate them. Not sure they would have listened, but we allow too many homes to be built in slide areas.

I’m heartbroken.

Pete Bellomo, Bellevue

Editor’s note: Pete Bellomo’s daughter has been confirmed missing, according to news reports.

Effects of logging

Robin Youngblood, whose home was destroyed in the mudslide in Snohomish County, said on CBC’s “As It Happens”’ Monday night: “There was clear cutting up there. … There was nothing left to hold the


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, Fred LaMotte, Oso

March 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Snohomish County mudslide: Don’t build developments in harm’s way

The story about prior warnings of a mudslide in Snohomish County should trigger some serious action [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 25]. One cannot help but wonder if the ample warnings about the slide area were buried in a mountain of paper for years. Going forward it makes…


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