President Obama visits site of Washington mudslide

Oso, Wash. (KING) -- President Obama visited Oso on Tuesday as the Washington state community marks a month since the devastating landslide.

Air Force One landed at Everett's Paine Field just after 12:40 p.m. local time.

At Paine Field, the President was greeted by a large group of state and federal politicians, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, Everett mayor Ray Stephanson and Jon Lovick, Snohomish County executive

Obama is expected to take a helicopter tour of the debris field, and then land in Arlington to motorcade to Oso. The president will visit with victims, emergency responders and government workers.

The President will have a private meeting at the Oso Community Chapel with families who lost loved ones in the slide.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office identified Stephen Harris, 52, and his wife Teresa, 53, Tuesday as the latest victims. The couple lived in Edmonds but had a cabin in Oso.

Steven Hadaway, 53, and Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge, 44, remain on the missing list.

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"The activity that's going on is less, so (Obama) won't be disrupting any activity as far as recovery effort," said Oso Fire Chief Willie Harper. "If he would have been here that first week,.it would have been a major concern because everything gets shut down when he comes in. So, I believe his timing is absolutely perfect."

Fire District 25 sits empty for most of the year, but it is now a bustling hub of activity. But, the volunteer department could be facing serious financial issues. The Steelhead Drive neighborhood that was wiped out made up half of the tax revenue that funded the department.

"The immediate future is going to be OK for the fire department itself. Our concerns right now are for the family members, trying to get them homes and land. But looking down the road, it will be a concern," said Harper.


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