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City, business, school officials comment on Oso mudslide

MARYSVILLE — Several local officials have released statements about the March 22 Oso mudslide.


Here in Marysville, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been so tragically affected by the terrible mudslide in Oso, and also with those who are working so hard every day in the rescue, relief and recovery efforts. Our hearts go out to our neighbors in these communities, and we have offered the assistance of city of Marysville personnel and equipment if needed, now or in the future. Along with everyone else, we are trying to publicize the many ways that citizens and city employees can donate to assist those in need.

Jon Nehring, mayor of Marysville


On behalf of the business communities that we serve, we extend our prayers and active support to Oso and all those impacted by this tragedy.

We are also proud and moved by our communities’ collective outpouring of assistance, including our city’s extension of personnel and equipment, the Tulalip Tribes’ immediate and compassionate actions of help, Community Transit’s dedication of expanded transportation help, and the help pouring in from throughout our businesses, nonprofits, service groups, churches and citizens. Thank you all for making us even prouder to call Marysville and Tulalip home.

— Caldie Rogers, president and CEO of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce


The Marysville School District is keeping the communities of Arlington, Darrington and Oso close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time. Many of our schools and staff have reached out in support of those who have been impacted by this tragic event. We all wish we could do more to ease the pain and grief the communities are feeling over the lives lost and those who continue to be missing.

— Jodi Runyon, executive assistant to the superintendent of the Marysville School District


The devastating news of the landslide in Oso has continued to impact us deeply in our school district.

Our students and staff immediately jumped into action, and are responding with fundraising efforts to assist the American Red Cross. As we watch and wait on the continuing rescue and recovery efforts underway, our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts go out to the families awaiting word on their missing relatives.

We are mindful of the need to help understand our own students’ feelings and ways of coping right now. Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused and insecure, and it’s important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help, if reactions to stress begin to occur. We will continue to be vigilant in that regard. It is truly awe-inspiring to witness the fortitude being demonstrated, by those who have relatives or friends who have died or remain missing, and by the Oso community at large.

There is a sense of pride throughout our district, as we observe the level of effort and coordination being dedicated by the emergency services providers. Their tenacity and compassion are making a positive impact upon our students, and district officials are thankful for what they are doing, and the manner in which they are attending to this horrific incident.

— Dr. Dennis Haddock, superintendent of the Lakewood School District

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