President Obama to visit site of Oso mudslide

Staff writerApril 8, 2014 

President Barack Obama will visit the site of the Oso mudslide April 22, state officials announced Tuesday morning.

Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene announced Obama’s upcoming visit in separate press releases Tuesday.

“This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington,” Inslee said in a written statement.

Officials continue to search for bodies following the March 22 mudslide that hit the community along the Stillaguamish River.

As of Monday, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said 33 had died in the disaster, according to the Associated Press. The sheriff's office said 12 people are still listed as missing, the AP reported.

State officials have been told that Obama will meet with victims’ families, as well as with first responders and recovery workers, Inslee’s office said.

DelBene’s office said that the president also “will move quickly” to sign legislation passed by Congress to save the historic Green Mountain Lookout near Darrington, an attempt help preserve tourism in the stricken area.

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