Updated at 8:46 a.m. with comments from Gov. Inslee’s office and White House:
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday said he will make a trip to Washington state in late April to assess the damage from the March 22 Snohomish County mudslide.
The president made the promise in calls to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina), whose 1st District includes the hard-hit communities of Oso and Darrington, and to Gov. Jay Inslee.
DelBene spoke to the president for five minutes about the disaster’s recovery efforts, and the need for continued federal assistance. Inslee said the visit will take place April 22, which is the one-month anniversary of the disaster.
A White House spokesman confirmed the visit and said Obama plans to assess the damage and meet with families, first responders and recovery workers.
The Obama administration has been quick to respond to requests for help. The president granted Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for emergency declaration to provide search and rescue help in the immediate aftermath of the slide. He also quickly issued a major disaster declaration to make direct financial help available to victims through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In addition, the Internal Revenue Service has extended tax-filing deadlines for victims to Oct. 15, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has pledged help with new mortgages, including zero-percent down borrowing for new homes.
MORE ON THE MUDSLIDE:
- Crews start work on berms to ease search for slide victims
- Remembering the victims
- Survivors, rescuers tell stories of tragic day