7 years after deadly landslide, community of Oso asks for help to complete victims’ memorial
The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the construction of a permanent memorial dedicated to the victims, survivors and first responders of the Oso landslide.
OSO, Washington – The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered many fundraising efforts, and the Oso landslide memorial is no different. The families of victims and survivors are asking for your help in making their vision a reality.
Like the visual reminder that still hangs over State Route 530, the injuries from March 22, 2014 remain.
“It doesn’t get any easier and that’s what’s weird about it, is you know that old adage of time heals everything and your wounds will eventually go away and everything, it’s just that it doesn’t ‘hasn’t happened,’ Dayn Brunner said.
Her sister Summer is one of 43 people who died in the largest landslide in U.S. history. There were 11 survivors.
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Snohomish County and the community are working together on a memorial to be placed at the toboggan site to ensure they are never forgotten, but another crisis has hampered its progress.
“COVID has hit, it took a big hit,” Brunner said. “We were unable to meet, much of the construction of the arcades and walkways that enter from both sides of the toboggan area has been halted.”
Donations certainly slowed down last year as well. Some state and federal grants equal to around $ 1 million are a big help, but they have about $ 3 million more to raise.
For a community that has come together through the impossible, they hope others will come together for them again.
“We have a saying we call ‘United by Mud’ and it still holds true to this day. We’re still there, where we have the tenacity, we have the energy, and we have the ability to come together and making sure people are taken care of. And that’s what we want to keep doing. We just need help right now, “Brunner said.
There is no timeline for completion yet, as it depends on the amount of funds raised. For Brunner, the memorial signifies the completion of a mission that began seven years ago.
“The stories of these people have to be told, and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.
They are not only looking for monetary donations, but also donations of labor and materials. If you want to help, visit the Oso Slide Memorial website.