Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Prayer Request

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Photo Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/deadly-mudslide/after-photos-show-mudslides-destruction-n60596

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.

DSCN7374Whitehorse Mountain, Arlington, Washington 

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

8 comments:

Pastor Ron said...

Praying for all of those affected.

ellen b. said...

Yes, and amen, Nadine. Praying for all the lives that have been devastated and disrupted. So glad to hear your mom is ok and on the right side of the slide. I can only imagine a little bit of the fear and loss. We had to walk away from our dream home because of a devastating slide just behind our home that came up to our foundation. The repairs and shoring up the hillside were more than we could face emotionally and financially. It was amazing to see the huge trees behind us dance down the hill when it gave way...
God brought us through.

Patty Sumner said...

Oh my goodness Nadine.. I have followed this on the news but makes it even more real hearing from you.. I am so sorry! I am praying for the families who have and are suffering such devistating loss.. Thankful our God walks with us through these disasterous times... May His peace and strength be with all of Washington State! Keep us posted. Blessings!

Terri said...

Nadine, this breaks my heart when I hear about it on the news. I'm thankful that your mother is safe. I will be praying for those affected by this!

june said...

I grew up in Oak Harbor but live in NC now. I cannot believe this photo! All the years living in the NW, this never happened. My heart is broken for the families affected by this tragedy.

Vee said...

Such shocking and frightening events....we've watched the news coverage and I have thought of "my Washington gals." So glad that your mom is safe. Not pleasant to have life and the familiar ways of accomplishing things disrupted. I hope that more survivors are found and am saddened by the losses. We are definitely praying for your corner.

Camille said...

Yes, my sweet friend...I will pray. Thank you for the update. Thankful that your Mom is safe. May the Lord give moment by moment all that is required. Much love, Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

So glad your mom is safe! That before and after picture is quite startling. That is an enormous amount of earth that broke off. Praying for the survivors and loved ones of those who didn't make it.