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Oso Commission Visit
Fri August 22, 2014
Washington Oso Commission Visits Slide Area
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's landslide commission began its work Friday with a visit to the site of the deadly Oso landslide.
The commission is looking to learn lessons from the landslide, its aftermath and everything that led up to it. Twelve commissioners from around the state got to see the ongoing recovery efforts.
State transportation officials expect work to rebuild State Route 530 to be finished in October.
Commission Chair Kathy Lombardo said her goal is a report that won't just sit on a shelf.
"I hope it contains tangible actions that can be taken relatively quickly so we are much safer in the state of Washington the next time one of these things happen,” Lombardo said.
She said the commission will not try to hold anyone accountable for actions that may have resulted in preventable deaths.
"We will not be finding fault," Lombardo said.
Some people affected by the disaster want the commission to go further and assign blame.
The commission's report is due in December.
43 people died when an entire hillside collapsed along the North Fork Stillaguamish River in March.
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