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Thursday Evening SR530 Slide Update

 


For immediate release: April 10, 2014

Contact: 530slide@gmail.com

Arlington, Wash. – There are now 36 confirmed victims of the mudslide, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner. Late in the day, 35 of those victims had been identified, reducing the number of missing to eight.

Three FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open to assist residents who have been affected by the SR530 mudslide. Locations and hours of operation:

* Oso Fire Station (Snohomish County Fire Protection District 25 - parking lot), 21824 State Route 530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223

* Arlington Public Works Administration-Stillaguamish Conference Room, 154 West Cox Ave ., Arlington, WA 98223

* Darrington Ranger District Office (Parking Lot), 1405 Emens Ave. North, Darrington, WA 98241

The Disaster Recovery Centers will be open Monday through Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm, and closed on Sunday.

At the close of business on April 9, FEMA reported that 377 individuals or families had registered for assistance.

In addition to registering with FEMA, individuals and families needing assistance can call North Sound 211. Individuals with (425) and (360) area codes can simply dial 211 24 hours a day. Individuals with other area codes can reach North Sound 211 by calling 1 (800) 223-8145. Referral Specialists will assist callers in filling basic and immediate needs such as gasoline, housing, and food.

At this time, cash is the most effective means of showing support. Cash donations allow nonprofit organizations to purchase what disaster survivors need. Buying from local businesses helps the economy recover. Donations of used clothing, miscellaneous household items and mixed or perishable food are being discouraged at this time. Such donations may not meet disaster survivor needs, must be sorted, packaged, transported, warehoused and distributed which divert resources away from providing services.

The Army Corps of Engineers continues construction of a temporary berm to reduce flood impacts in the slide area.

Residents and business affected by the slide can apply for an extension to the tax filing deadline by calling 1 (800) 647-7706. For more information go to http://www.dor.wa.gov [ http://www.dor.wa.gov ] and select the SR530 slide link.

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