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April 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Obama declares major disaster for mudslide damage

Rescue workers navigate the debris field caused by the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, west of Darrington, on Wednesday. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Rescue workers navigate the debris field caused by the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, west of Darrington, on Wednesday. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA  — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for damage caused by a deadly landslide in Washington state.

The declaration makes programs available to help individuals and businesses affected by the March 22 slide that killed more than two dozen people.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that the declaration also provides help for debris removal and emergency measures such as barricades, sand bags and safety personnel.

In asking for more federal assistance, Inslee said in his request Monday that about 30 families need help with housing and other needs.

Inslee has said estimated financial losses have reached $10 million.

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