- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - A regional council that coordinates the distribution of certain federal transportation dollars says $5 million in federal transportation money will be made available to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities hurt by the Oso mudslide.

The Puget Sound Regional Council says that money will be made available to Snohomish County, which will work with Darrington, Arlington and Oso to make transportation investments.

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick says it’s apparent that Darrington is going to need “ongoing support for its economic recovery.” Lovick calls this money “an important first step.”

The Washington state Transportation Department says it could take one to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of Highway 530 covered by the March 22 mudslide. It blocks direct access between Darrington and the Interstate 5 corridor.

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