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President Obama Visits Washington Landslide Site

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/23/2014

It's been more than a month since a massive landslide killed dozens of people in and around the tiny community of Oso, Washington. But the search hasn't stopped. As crews continue to work, the president visited the area to tour the damage and meet with those affected by the disaster. After a month of searching the debris field left by a massive landslide in Snohomish County, Washington, officials identified two more victims this week, as the search continues. "There's still families who are searching for loved ones," says President Barack Obama. "There are families who have lost everything and it's going to be a difficult road ahead for them." Debbie Satterlee lost four family members to the slide, including her brother and her grandson. She was among the victims' families who gathered Tuesday, to hear from the Commander-in-Chief. "This is a huge thing," says Satterlee. "It is a natural disaster and it is a national disaster....and the president should be here." President Obama was there on Tuesday, touring the damaged area in Marine One. He would later arrive in Oso in the presidential motorcade to meet with those affected by the landslide and thank first responders and volunteers. "We've seen neighbors and complete strangers donate everything from chain saws to rain jackets to help with the recovery effort," the president said. "We've seen volunteers pull 15 hour days searching through mud up to seven feet deep." Crews continue to work, digging through mud and cutting through logs and other debris. Last month's landslide left at least 41 people dead. That death toll could still rise, as two people are still missing.

   
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