This past Saturday morning there was a massive and deadly mudslide here in Western Washington. So far 14 people have died and there are many more missing. The slide area is approximately 1 square mile. In the above photo you can see the Stillaguamish River with Highway 530 to the left of it, there were several homes between the river and the highway.
This is a road that our family is very familiar with, as we travel it often to get to my Mom’s house. Her home is about 9 miles east of the slide, 7 as the crow flies. We are so thankful that she is safe. It appears that the the risk of flooding has decreased, so that is a blessing, although heavy rain is forecasted for the next few days.
Highway 530 is the main route for residents east of the slide to commute in and out of town. Although there is a grocery store and some small businesses in town, most people travel to the nearby larger cities for employment, shopping, and doctor appointments. From our home it is about 40 miles to my Mom’s place and takes us about 55 minutes to get there. With the detour route, it is now 107 miles and it will take a little over 2 hours to get there. Nobody knows how long it will be before the highway is cleared and reopened.
If you can please remember to keep the communities of Oso, Darrington, and Arlington in your thoughts and prayers, I know it would be appreciated by all those that are affected by this devastation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4