Commission to look into Oso mudslide, emergency response

EVERETT — State and Snohomish County leaders are preparing to launch a commission Friday to look into the catastrophic mudslide in Oso.

An announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee and County Executive John Lovick has been scheduled for 12:45 p.m. at the county’s Robert J. Drewel Building in Everett.

The commission will be tasked with conducting an independent assessment of the slide. Goals include improving emergency disaster response and land-use planning in slide-prone areas.

Commission members will be announced Friday.

The March 22 landslide killed 43 people, the last of whom searchers found on Tuesday — four months to the day since the disaster. The landslide spread 10 million cubic yards of dirt and debris cascading a mile from the top of the 600-foot-tall hillside that collapsed.

A scientific report issued this week pointed to no single factor as being responsible for the slide, which originate in a previous landslide on the same slope in 2006.

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