U.S. President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide later this month and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers, according to the White House.
Obama has spoken with Rep. Suzan DelBene about the recovery effort. “He called to say that he’s going to come out to visit the site on April 22,” DelBene said. They discussed ongoing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the area copes with the slide that has killed at least 34 people, destroyed about three dozen homes, partially dammed a river and covered a state highway. Searchers with dogs continue to probe the debris field as the Corps of Engineers builds a berm to reduce flooding. Teams of rescue or cadaver dogs from all over the country have been helping search the huge pile of tumbled mud, broken trees and house debris. One more person has been added to the victims list by the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which is still trying to identify four of the dead.
A dozen people remain on the sheriff’s list of missing from the March 22 slide that buried homes along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Seattle.
This report compiled with information from the Associated Press.