Death toll rises, flags lowered to honor Oso landslide victims

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 9:20 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Flags outside of the Washington state Capitol were lowered Tuesday in memory of the victims of the Oso mudslide.

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials gathered on the steps of the Legislative Building at noon before lowering the flags. Inslee on Monday ordered that flags at all state facilities in the state be lowered to half-staff until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 22.

The death toll from the March 22 slide increased to 37 Tuesday morning, with 36 victims having been identified by the medical examiner. Seven people remain on the missing list.

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President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide on April 22, and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers.

Larry Gullkson, 81, who was in intensive care for several days after the slide was released from Harborview Medical Center Monday and transferred to another facility for follow-up care.

Gullikson's wife, Bonnie, was killed in the slide.

Mark Lambert, 37, remains in satisfactory condition at Harborview.

 

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