Seattle Photographer Daniel Berman | Bellingham, WA | (206) 387-3767 daniel@bermanphotos.com

Darrington, one week after SR 530 mudslide | Seattle editorial photographer

A week ago, a deadly mudslide ripped through a small-town of Oso, Washington, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least 21 people. Officials believe 30 residents are still missing, down from a high of 120 people just a few days ago. Life in this part of Washington state has come to a screeching halt. The after effects of the mudslide — flooding of the Stillaguamish River, dozens of homes destroyed, access to surrounding cities cut off — continues to affect daily life. I had to see what it was like on the ground in Darrington, one of the areas closest to the mudslide. Many people in Darrington live and work around where the slide occurred, and if they didn’t have homes there, they know people who do – or in some cases, did. I was impressed by the way the communities have supported one another. I will be returning soon to keep working and exploring and seeing what I can do to tell the stories of the people here.

A flag was lowered to half-mast along Interstate 5 near the Snohomish River Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

A flag was lowered to half-mast along Interstate 5 near the Snohomish River Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 18 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

The Sauk River winds along Mountain Loop Highway Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

The Sauk River winds along Mountain Loop Highway Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Rain bears down on Mountain Loop Highway on the road to Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Rain bears down on Mountain Loop Highway on the road to Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

A view from the balcony of the media hotel parking lot in Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

A view from the balcony of the media hotel parking lot in Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

A note posted in the lobby of the Darrington Community Center as dozens of volunteers worked to organize donations for delivery to other communities. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

A note posted in the lobby of the Darrington Community Center as dozens of volunteers worked to organize donations for delivery to other communities. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

The Darrington Community Center was a beehive of activity as dozens of volunteers worked to organize donations for delivery to other communities. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

The Darrington Community Center was a beehive of activity as dozens of volunteers worked to organize donations for delivery to other communities. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Ben Campbell, 15, of Darrington, Wash., plays fetch with Sheila the dog as Chani Samir, left, work with other volunteers helping organize more than 50 tons of donated supplies and pet food, Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Ben Campbell, 15, of Darrington, Wash., plays fetch with Sheila the dog as Chani Samir, left, work with other volunteers helping organize more than 50 tons of donated supplies and pet food, Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Darrington, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

"I'm proud to be from Darrington," said Wendy Brown, right, of Darrington, Wash. as she take a break with Chani Samir at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds Saturday March 29, 2014. "It's heartbreaking what people have been through, but you can't give up. I'm just glad to be able to help," said Brown, who has worked as a forklift driver at the Hampton Mill in town since 1988. Samir said she is looking for work. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

“I’m proud to be from Darrington,” said Wendy Brown, right, of Darrington, Wash. as she take a break with Chani Samir at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds Saturday March 29, 2014. “It’s heartbreaking what people have been through, but you can’t give up. I’m just glad to be able to help,” said Brown, who has worked as a forklift driver at the Hampton Mill in town since 1988. Samir said she is looking for work. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

“My house is in a lake now,” said Lilliana Andrews, getting a hug from her friend, Haley Fryear, right, at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the town of Oso, leaving as many as 21 dead and 90 residents still missing. She was able to rescue all seven of her horses but little else from the submerged property to bring them to the grounds Saturday March 29, 2014, where volunteers helped put more than 50 tons of donated pet food and supplies into storage.
“This is a really devastating time that Darrington has had to go through, you just don’t expect something like this,” Andrews said. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

"This river has fed my family. I knew I had to do something," said J.R. "Tank" Hoffman of Bellingham, after working to unload more than 50 tons of donated pet food and supplies brought to the Darrington Rodeo Grounds Saturday March 29, 2014. Hoffman said he was turned down like many others the previous day when Darrington Fire Department officials took only a few of the dozens of people who wanted to help out to the field, due to severe weather conditions. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

“This river has fed my family. I knew I had to do something,” said J.R. “Tank” Hoffman of Bellingham, after working to unload more than 50 tons of donated pet food and supplies brought to the Darrington Rodeo Grounds Saturday March 29, 2014. Hoffman said he was turned down like many others the previous day when Darrington Fire Department officials took only a few of the dozens of people who wanted to help out to the field, due to severe weather conditions. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Geoff Jacober of Snohomish, Wash. center, works to unload bales of hay along with volunteer Jeanne Russell of Montesano, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Geoff Jacober of Snohomish, Wash. center, works to unload bales of hay along with volunteer Jeanne Russell of Montesano, Wash. Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Kenny Hubbard of Bellingham works to unload bales of hay at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, now home to several rescued horses from the area one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Kenny Hubbard of Bellingham works to unload bales of hay at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds, now home to several rescued horses from the area one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

"You won't understand the devastation until you see it, and you just cannot even imagine," said King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as she gives a tour of flooded portions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

“You won’t understand the devastation until you see it, and you just cannot even imagine,” said King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as she gives a tour of flooded portions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Road blocks were set up along State Route 530, where rescue efforts continue one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Road blocks were set up along State Route 530, where rescue efforts continue one week after a huge mudslide tore through the nearby town of Oso, leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com.

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, center, tips his hat to King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as he surveys a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, center, tips his hat to King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as he surveys a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The recovery effort along a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso continues one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The recovery effort along a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso continues one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Mud cakes on a bulldozer near a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Mud cakes on a bulldozer near a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The recovery effort along a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso continues one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The recovery effort along a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso continues one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

"You won't understand the devastation until you see it, and you just cannot even imagine," said King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as she gives a tour of flooded portions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

“You won’t understand the devastation until you see it, and you just cannot even imagine,” said King County Media Relations Sgt. Cindy West as she gives a tour of flooded portions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A FEMA official hoses off a Washington Explorer Search and Rescue staff member working in a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A FEMA official hoses off a Washington Explorer Search and Rescue staff member working in a flooded portion of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, one week after a huge mudslide tore through the area leaving 21 dead and 30 residents still missing Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Darrington, Wash. —Saturday March 29, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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  1. grafixwiz said, on March 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    i was thinking of you while you did this. It hurt my soul to see it on the screen, I cannot imagine being there in person.  How was it?

    Bob

  2. wildninja said, on March 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Great photos, and thanks for raising awareness! There are many ways to help the people and animals affected by the slide. I have a partial list at http://wildninjablog.com/2014/03/25/oso-aid/. Thank you!


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