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FEMA leaving mudslide site

FEMA leaving mudslide site

Photo: Associated Press

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal emergency teams will leave the 530 slide this weekend, but Darrington’s mayor says relief help will remain available to slide survivors.

Mayor Dan Rankin says with the sadness, there’s still hope:

Rankin says he and the mayor of Arlington are working with local, state and federal leaders to ensure the economy recovers, perhaps better than before.

Survivors of the Oso mudslide are expected to testify before the Department of Natural Resources today, urging DNR to do more to enforce logging restrictions on steep slopes.

The state is looking into whether logging contributed to March’s slide.

The state announced on Friday that all future logging applicants have to get a geological report if there’s any concern about public safety, even if the harvest area doesn’t include potentially unstable land.

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