Mayor Murray expresses sympathy, offers City support to Snohomish County following devastating Oso mudslide

Mayor Murray released this statement today in response to the massive mudslide that occurred over the weekend in Snohomish County:

“I’ve reached out to Snohomish County Executive John Lovick to express my deepest sympathies and offer my thoughts and prayers for the families of the victims and those still missing as a result of this weekend’s devastating mudslide.

I’ve offered to provide City of Seattle support in any way we can, in addition to the help we’ve already provided. Over the weekend, Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean sent a battalion chief to assist with air operations, and since then eight additional firefighters have provided assistance as part of Washington’s search and rescue team. We have provided two staff to assist with communications on the incident management team. The Officer of Emergency Management has provided two staff to assist with communications on the incident management team.

Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey has offered critical incident stress counselors. Emergency Operations Center Director Barb Graff has offered to relieve Snohomish County emergency operations center staff if needed. Additional City of Seattle departments are closely monitoring the recovery efforts and are ready to assist as best we can.”