Washington Mudslide: Images of Destruction, Rescue, and Support

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 12:31 PM

By Richard Grigonis

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The tiny town of Oso, Wash., is still reeling from the effects of an enormous mudslide that struck on Saturday, March 22. Twenty-one people are confirmed dead and the official list of missing people has been cut to 30 in the area 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Here are 13 images from the mudslide and the search for survivors.

1. A Square Mile of Devastation




The upper and middle photos show aerial images taken March 24 of the mudslide where the hillside gave way and collapsed.

Lower photo: Search and rescue workers look for survivors in the aftermath of the massive Oso, Wash., mudslide. The saturated terrain has been treacherous for rescuers.


2. Picking Up the Pieces




Upper photo: Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering Washington Highway 530 on March 27 on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide as heavy equipment moves trees and other debris in the background.

Middle photo: Workers use heavy equipment to clear trees and other debris as the search continues.

Lower photo: A searcher walks through a pile of debris at the scene of the deadly mudslide.

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3. At the Edge of Destruction




An American flag sticks out of a hole in a demolished home near where the deadly mudslide from the hill in the background ended.


4. The Washington National Guard Springs Into Action




Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Crisp, liaison officer for the Washington National Guard with the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center, coordinates the arrival of the Search and Extraction element of the Washington National Guard at the site of the mudslide in Oso.


5. The Rescued Thanks the Rescuer




Robin Youngblood, right, smiles after embracing Snohomish County helicopter crew chief Randy Fay, who helped rescue her from the mudslide days earlier. Youngblood was home when the mudslide hit, moving her house a quarter-mile away where she was able to find her way out of the rubble. She was rescued by the helicopter as she floated on a piece of a roof.


6. FEMA and the Fire Dept. Brief the Press




At left, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Battalion Chief Steve Mason speaks with media members near the scene of the mudslide March 27. At right, Tom Minor, of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue team, speaks at a news conference about working at the scene.


7. The Mudslide’s Road to Nowhere




This photo taken March 26, courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation, shows State Road 530 covered in mud from the landslide.


8. Gov. Jay Inslee Flies to the Scene




Top photo: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks on the phone with a family member of a mudslide victim as he flies to the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center in Everett, Wash., on March 26.

Bottom photo: Inslee speaks to the media in Olympia, Wash., about the potential death toll from the giant mudslide.


9. Many Questions, Fewer Answers




Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots, left, looks on as Everett police Lt. Robert Goetz speaks March 28 at a news conference about the deadly mudslide.


10. Flying in the Face of Disaster




A helicopter participates in search and rescue operations on March 27 in Oso.

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11. Lending a Helping Paw




Comfort dog Sumi, an Akita, shakes a paw with a worker at the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center in Everett, Wash.


12. Donated Goods Rushed to Mudslide Victims




Volunteers sort donated goods at the Darrington Community Center in Darrington, Wash., on March 26.


13. Candlelight Vigils for the Missing




People gather March 25 at a candlelight vigil in Arlington, Wash., for the victims of the massive mudslide that struck the nearby community of Oso.

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