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Oso: The Few Who Lived May Never Fully Recover

Oso: The Few Who Lived May Never Fully Recover

Credit KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery
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 9collaborated 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.