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July 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Sheriff’s office warns against trespassing at mudslide site

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is warning against trespassing at the site of the deadly March 22 mudslide near Oso.

The sheriff’s office said it has received complaints of people walking onto the site, which is private property. In addition, the sheriff’s office warns against taking items from the site. Taking souvenirs from the site is considered theft.

“Recovery and clean-up efforts are still underway, so personnel operating equipment or providing security have permission from property owners to be in the area. Drivers on SR 530 in the slide area are asked to not stop on the highway nor leave the roadway,” the sheriff’s office says in a news release.

The portion of Highway 530 that was damaged in the mudslide reopened to two-way traffic in June, but stopping or pulling over along the stretch of highway is not allowed. A $28.1 million construction project for the new roadway is expected to be completed in the fall.

Forty-three people were killed in the slide, which covered an area of about one square mile.

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