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Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide, Meet Families And Emergency Responders

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A soccer ball sits adjacent to the Whitehorse Trail near where it landed after a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash

Pres. Barack Obama will visit the site of the deadly mudslide in Snohomish County and meet with family members of victims and first responders, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

The governor said the president will visit the community of Oso later this month, during the week of April 21.  His visit will come approximately one month after the disaster.

"This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Inslee said in a statement. 

In the days following the disaster, Obama sent condolences to local residents and leaders, and authorized federal aid for the communities. His last visit to Washington state was in November, for two private fundraisers.

Meantime, the slide's death toll has risen to 34, with the addition of one more person to the number of victims.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday it is still working to identify four of the dead.

The county sheriff's office has said a dozen people remain missing from the March 22 slide that buried homes along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.