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Oso five years later

Community members gather at the site of the Oso landslide to remember victims and dedicate a mailbox sculpture in their honor.
Geoffrey Redick / KNKX

Oso, Washington — They gathered to remember their friends, their families, and the neighborhood that was once here.

Five years ago, a hillside gave way above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, killing 43, injuring more and changing the lives of thousands. It was the deadliest single landslide in U.S. history.

Wooden signs hang from a gate at the site of the Oso landslide, which devastated the community of Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Oso, Washington — People in the tight-knit community of Oso, Washington, knew when they drove past Steelhead Drive. There weren’t any street signs pointing to their neighbors’ idyllic corner of the Pacific Northwest. But there was the familiar row of mailboxes.

This April 16, 2014, file photo shows a flag resting at half staff on a cedar pole in front of the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

 

Tomorrow marks five years since the devastating Oso landslide killed 43 people. It forever changed the lives of residents in the small Snohomish County town, and affected thousands of others from across the region who responded to help.

As part of the KNKX Connects project, we’re remembering the victims and the families and friends who continue to grieve. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick spoke with Laura Takacs, who is a clinical director and therapist at Virginia Mason specializing in sudden and traumatic loss.