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The Latest On The Oso Mudslide And Mitigating Future Landslides

OPB | April 1, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: April 2, 2014 8:41 a.m.

Search and Rescue workers hiking into the Slide

Search and Rescue workers hiking into the Slide

Snohomish County / via Flickr

Update: 9:10 a.m. April 1, 2014: Authorities have released a list of names of 22 people missing, and the number of confirmed dead has risen to 27.

As predicted, the number of those killed in the deadly mudslide in northern rural Washington has risen, while the number of missing has fallen. Twenty-four people are now confirmed dead, while 30 others are listed as missing, down from nearly a hundred just a few days ago. We’ll talk with KPLU reporter Rae Ellen Bichell about the latest in the rescue and recovery effort.

We’ll also talk with Jay Wilson, Clackamas County’s hazard mitigation coordinator. The county has teamed up with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and other municipalities to create up-to-date geologic maps in an effort to better identify areas at risk of landslides.


  • Rae Ellen Bichell: Public radio reporter for KPLU
  • Jay Wilson: Hazard mitigation coordinator with Clackamas County
  • Jeff Wiren: Principal broker with RE/MAX equity group


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