Widow seeks $7 million after deadly Wash. mudslide, Obama to visit Oso tomorrow

WSU offers internships at mudslide area

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The lawyer for a woman whose husband died in the Oso mudslide says her client has filed claims seeking a total of $7 million from Washington state and Snohomish County.

Lawyer Corrie Yackulic said Friday that Deborah Durnell wants to learn exactly why a hillside gave way and what government officials knew about risks to those living below in the small community of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports that Thomas Durnell is among 39 people known to have died in the March 22 slide. Another four people are missing.

State and county officials say they have just begun their review of the claims.

County property records show the Durnells bought their home in 2011. The lawyer says they were unaware of the history of slides from the hill above.

And, President Obama plans to visit the Oso mudslide Tuesday to meet with victim families and first responders one month after a hillside gave way and buried about three-dozen homes.

Searchers continue to look through the debris for four missing people. Forty-one bodies have been recovered from the landslide along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Obama is making the brief stop in Washington as he heads to Asia for an eight-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.