Sound Transit has canceled Monday Sounder commuter rail service between Everett and Seattle due to a mudslide along the tracks Saturday evening. With more rain in the forecast, the agency will decide Monday whether to resume service on Tuesday. Riders are encouraged to monitor www.SoundTransit.org/alerts for updates. Sound Transit will provide special bus service Monday morning from…More
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The Associated Press EVERETT — A mudslide Friday morning covered the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks just south of Everett. Spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks were cleared for freight trains Friday afternoon but that Amtrak and Sound Transit passenger trains have to wait 48 hours — until late Sunday morning — to resume service. Rail…More
The Associated Press Mudslides and flooding are having an impact on railroad traffic in Washington. Trees and mud that slid onto the tracks from a slope near South Bellingham caused BNSF Railway to issue a 48-hour suspension of passenger operations on the line that runs between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide happened…More
The Associated Press CLINTON — A mudslide destroyed a beach cabin Sunday on Whidbey Island near Clinton. Neighbors told KING the mudslide sounded like loud thunder. There was no one inside at the time. Neighbors say the cabin was used by a family as a vacation getaway.More
The Associated Press EDMONDS — A mudslide hit BNSF Railway tracks at 12:30 a.m. Friday near Edmonds. Spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks were cleared and freight trains resumed running at 3 a.m. But,a 48-hour safety moratorium will prevent passenger trains from rolling between Seattle and Everett this weekend. Buses will bridge the service. Amtrak says passenger service between…More
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. | The Sounder Northline service is suspended until at least Monday, Sound Transit said in a news release. BNSF Railway and Sound Transit officials will investigate the slide and slope stability along the corridor before determining when to resume service. A description of what happened from the release: There were no injuries or damage…More
The Associated Press SEATTLE — A state review of logging near the deadly March landslide in Oso has found that a timber company logged one acre more than was allowed under a 2004 permit, but the report was inconclusive on whether logging strayed into a more restrictive or potentially unstable area. The Department of Natural Resources released…More
The Associated Press EVERETT — Passenger trains are back on the tracks between Seattle and Everett, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews cleared mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment on Monday. Freight traffic resumed that day, but the railway waits 48 hours before allowing passenger trains to return…More
The Associated Press EVERETT — A mudslide Monday morning south of Everett has temporarily suspended passenger rail service between Seattle and Everett. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews are working to clear mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment next to the track’s single main line Freight trains are expected to resume operations later…More
The Daily Herald
OSO (AP) — Hundreds of pieces of personal property have been recovered from the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.
Books. Photos. Rings.
Guns. Flags. Computers.
Cars. Cameras. Wills.
As many as 50 items are still being recovered each day as workers search and sift through debris, said Gary Haakenson, the Snohomish County manager overseeing the slide recovery efforts.
Officials have been working to clean and restore the items and return them to families in a careful and respectful way, Haakenson said.
Some of the recovered items belonged to the 43 people who were killed in the slide. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said today a body believed to be that of Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge, the last unfound victim of the slide, has been located.
The items are stored in a reunification center at an undisclosed location.
Many of the recovered items were muddy but not seriously damaged, Haakenson said. The property is laid out on tables and shelving units. Families are given private time to look.
Local experts have helped, including those specially trained in finding owner information inside computers, or in restoring photos, Haakenson said.
“There’s just a whole lot of work that’s going on behind the scenes,” he said.
Searchers have kept a covered space set aside at the debris field where found property is taken and initially cleaned before being sent to the reunification center.
Each family who has lost loved ones or property has been invited to the center, Haakenson said.
“Some have chosen not to. It’s just too painful,” he said. “Some have said, ‘We’ll do it later.'”
Some have made several visits.
“It’s a very, very difficult process for families to go through, to walk in there and see some of the belongings of their loved ones,” Haakenson said.
Many items have been returned to their owners. Some folks don’t want the property back, Haakenson said. Other families have expressed interest in donating mementos to a memorial.
Auto insurance companies have been involved because of recovered vehicles.
There are still questions left to sort out, such as what happens to property that is not claimed.
Sensitive items, such as tax records, firearms and wills, are being kept secure by the county sheriff’s office.
Work also continues to restore private land that was damaged or otherwise affected by rescue and recovery efforts, particularly lots along Highway 530, Haakenson said.
Some 200,000 cubic yards of dirt and debris are still being sifted. In some areas, the mud was 25 feet deep.
Crews with heavy equipment are expected to be working 10-hour days in the slide area through September, primarily for searching and removing debris.
The damaged highway is open to two-way traffic, with “substantial completion” of permanent repairs anticipated before the rainy season begins in the fall.
Officials have repeatedly asked the public to be respectful while driving past the site, to stay in their cars, to not steal anything, and to not wander around in an area considered by many to be hallowed ground.