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First Anniversary Of Deadly Washington Landslide Approaches

Oso Fire Department Chief Willy Harper said one of the most challenging parts of the immediate aftermath of the mudslide was handling all of the community volunteers who showed up to assist in recovering and rescuing victims. Most of the volunteers were untrained to deal with the traumatic scene. He is himself a volunteer. "I would see it on their faces," Harper said. "They came back changed people. They weren't ready to see what they had to see." (Daniel Berman/KUOW)
Oso Fire Department Chief Willy Harper said one of the most challenging parts of the immediate aftermath of the mudslide was handling all of the community volunteers who showed up to assist in recovering and rescuing victims. Most of the volunteers were untrained to deal with the traumatic scene. He is himself a volunteer. "I would see it on their faces," Harper said. "They came back changed people. They weren't ready to see what they had to see." (Daniel Berman/KUOW)

Sunday marks one year since the landslide in Oso, Washington. The slide killed 43 people, obliterated a neighborhood, and closed a state highway for half a year.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, KUOW’s Carolyn Adolph reports on how the surviving residents are dealing with the approaching anniversary.

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