Remembering the Voices of the Oso Landslide
Bob DeYoung (The Emotional Toll), owner of DeYoung Logging and Tree Service in Darrington, was one of the first rescuers to the scene. DeYoung died of a heart attack on February 24, 2016. A fund has been established to help his family meet expenses. Make donations by clicking here.
Pastor Gary Ray (The Spirit of Service) left Oso Community Chapel and is now ministering in California.
Photographer Josh Trujillo (Witness to Disaster) left the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to become the photo/video manager at Starbucks Newsroom.
The Hall family (The Halls of Oso), who operate Fruitful Farm and Nursery, have seen their business grow. Aaron finished a new building next to the roadside stand, which will house the farm office as well as storage and a cooler. Isaac has a new baby, and Sarah continues to win violin awards, and will play in the Klein International Competition finals in California this June.
Perspectives on the 2014 disaster
Six months after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history, the community of Oso, Washington is still recovering. While the physical work of clearing the debris is largely finished, the emotional healing has only just begun. KCTS 9 and KUOW 94.9 collaborated to produce this series of profiles of some of the people most affected by the landslide—victims rescued from the mud, families that lost their homes, first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress, and leaders, both municipal and spiritual, still working tirelessly for their community.
The Emotional Toll: Bob and Julie DeYoung
Bob DeYoung was one of the first local rescuers on the scene after the Oso landslide. Instead of rescuing though, DeYoung ended up doing recovery work – pulling the bodies of friends and neighbors from the mud. Now, six months later, Bob struggles to keep his emotions in check and his marriage intact, after the trauma that continues to haunt him.
The Spirit of Service: Pastor Gary Ray
In the aftermath of a devastating landslide, Pastor Gary Ray helps a fiercely independent community find the strength to ask for help.
Witness to Disaster
While covering the Oso landslide, SeattlePI.com photo journalist Josh Trujillo learned an eye opening lesson about nature's unpredictability and most of all, how people respond to disaster.
The Halls of Oso
A farm family in Oso is far away from the destruction of the landslide, but responds by putting their unique skills and talents in service to those who lost everything.
The Science of Risk: Dan Miller
Dan Miller, a Seattle geomorphologist, has been warning about the risks of landslides in the Northwest for years.
A Mayor's View: Mayor Dan Rankin
When a tragic landslide destroys their neighboring community, a humble mayor finds himself in the middle of disaster. From a hill top overlooking the reconstruction of Highway 530, Darrington's Mayor Dan Rankin reflects on the impact of the Oso landslide on his residents and his day-to-day life.
A Story of Healing: Gail and Ron Thompson
Ron Thompson was known as the mayor of Steelhead Drive. He and his wife Gail lost their home and many neighbors in the Oso landslide. But they’ve decided to stay in Oso, and start over in a new home just four miles from the old one.
The Painting: Robin Youngblood
Robin Youngblood was one of the lucky few that made it out of the Oso landslide alive. She lost everything she owned, except for one painting. Robin believes she was saved for a reason, and she is now on a mission to urge people to reconnect with nature and heed its warnings.