- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Members of Washington’s congressional delegation are urging more money for landslide research and mapping following the deadly Oso mudslide.

U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen and Jim McDermott sent a letter to key colleagues last week asking them to nearly triple the budget for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landslide Hazards Program.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/jGdLAU ) that the federal landslide program currently has a staff of about 20, and a budget of about $3.5 million. The representatives are asking to boost funding to $10 million for next year.

The March landslide killed at least 41 people. Two others are missing.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com