The Disaster: After a month and a half of above average rainfall across Northwest Washington, the hillside above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood outside of the town of Oso released, triggering one of the worst mudslides in United States history. As a wall of mud and debris an estimated 150 feet tall ripped across the Stillaguamish River residents had no chance to evacuate and 43 were killed instantly. Where there once was a community neatly tucked next to the river, now there was only a muddy scar slicing through the neighborhood. Experts had warned county officials numerous times about the chance for mudslides in an area known as "Slide Hill" where the last recorded slide occurred in 2006.
State of Recovery: After the slide destroyed approximately one third of the houses state and county officials put temporary moratoriums on all construction in the area. As the issue of liability works its way slowly through the courts, some survivors are vowing to stay while others have relocated.
Where to Donate: Oso Mudslide Relief