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KUOW's Liz Jones interviews Gail and Ron Thompson at the Oso mudslide. It was the first time the couple had been at the site since the slide struck in March 2014.Six months after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history, the community of Oso, Wash., is still recovering.Forty-three people were killed when heavy rains triggered a huge section of hillside above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood to give way, sweeping away dozens of homes, covering the highway, and blocking the Stillaguamish River.While the physical work of clearing the debris is largely finished, the emotional healing has only just begun.KUOW 94.9 and KCTS 9 collaborated to produce this series of profiles of people most affected by the landslide  —  a woman rescued from the mud, a couple who lost their home, a first responder struggling with post-traumatic stress, and leaders, municipal and spiritual, still working tirelessly for their community.See our full story on Medium. See videos at KCTS or by clicking on the profiles below.Contributors: Carolyn Adolph, Ashley Ahearn, Katie Campbell, Posey Gruener, Aileen Imperial, Stacey Jenkins, Liz Jones, Patricia Murphy and Isolde Raftery. Editors: Jim Gates and Carol Smith.

After Oso, Reborn From Water And Mud

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Robin walks through Squire Creek State park near her current home. Robin says being in nature helps her heal from the trauma of the landslide.

Robin Youngblood cherished the nature around her home in Oso’s Steelhead Haven. When the landslide struck, she and a visiting friend were talking about a deer they had just seen. After the disaster, she left the Oso area. But something called her back. Now she lives a stone’s throw from state Route 530, a few miles east of the slide.

Read and hear other stories from Oso on Medium. 

From KCTS: Youngblood talks about her experience.

http://youtu.be/un3z0KBYarU

KUOW 94.9 and KCTS 9 collaborated to produce this series of profiles of people most affected by the landslidea woman rescued from the mud, a couple who lost their home, a first responder struggling with post-traumatic stress, and leaders, municipal and spiritual, still working tirelessly for their community.