- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Washington state Transportation Department officials have told a Monday night community meeting in Darrington that the most important issue concerning a debris-covered section of Highway 530 is the recovery of victims from the March 22 Oso mudslide.

While 36 victims have been recovered and identified, another seven people are still listed as missing.

KING-TV reports that highway officials say it could take one to three months to clear 100,000 cubic yards of mud and debris from about a mile of the highway. That debris blocks the main route between Darrington and Interstate 5.

Transportation officials say they’re considering trying to open a temporary road to local traffic as soon as possible. KING says there’s no clear indication when that temporary road might open.

Similar meetings are planned Tuesday at the Oso Community Chapel and Wednesday at the Stillaguamish Senior Center in Arlington.

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Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/


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