Inslee asks Dept. of Agriculture for farm relief for SR530 slide
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inlsee is asking the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to declare Snohomish County a Farm Disaster Area.
The move would allow farmers, devastated by last month's mudslide in the community of Oso, access to emergency low-interest loans and other assistance to pay for production and property losses caused by the slide.
So far, 370 people and families have applied for personal disaster relief from FEMA. Many of those people met with Inslee Friday as he toured the slide area. Inlsee also met with first responders and school children.
His message to them is help is on the way.
"Where would you go if you had no house or anything... I don't know?" says farmer Rhonda Stanley who worries about her friends losing what they've built over the years. "That would be a really bad thing."
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office says all 36 of the bodies recovered from the slide have now been identified. Eight people are still missing.