Washington landslide searchers shift focus to recovery

EVERETT, Wash. (KIRO) - After recovering 41 bodies from the Oso landslide, today Snohomish County officials called off the active search for the final two: Kris Regelbrugge and Steve Hadaway.

"This has been a difficult decision because I know Kris and Steve's families are both looking for closure," Sherrif Ty Trenary said.

Sheriff Trenary said the areas where the two bodies are believed to be are extremely hazardous to reach, especially with the Stillaguamish River running high.

The county is now looking to the long-term and has formed a recovery team to help with everything from the economy to mental health.

I asked County Executive John Lovick if people should be allowed to re-build on the site.

"I don't know the answer to that obviously we're going to talk about that later it's probably premature to talk about it now."

Lovick said it was also too soon to talk about a memorial on the site or whether the county should buy up the land.

I also asked the county's public works director about the hillside sliding more.

How concerned are you about another slide on that site as we talk about reopening the road?

"That's a difficult question. That slide according to what the geologists have told me has pretty much slid and the pressure's been relieved," he said.


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