Secretary of Homeland Security tours Oso landslide

by: Maria Guerrero Updated:


OSO, Wash. - Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson toured the Oso Landslide today. 

Johnson wants to assure residents the federal government will provide the help needed in the recovery. 

Johnson, Gov. Jay Inslee, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and other state and federal officials toured the slide zone and spoke with first responders and recovery workers.

"The mudslide is an enormous tragedy. The response to it is an inspirational American story," said Johnson during a media availability following the tour.

KIRO 7 asked Johnson about a 1999 federal report warning of a catastrophic failure in the area that gave way.

“I'm not here today to assess that question," said Johnson when asked if he is looking into the past report.

What Johnson is making sure of is if the federal response is well coordinated.

Inslee pointed out that FEMA will help restore Highway 530.

"It's important for the people of Darrington to know that highway is going to be restored," said Inslee.

FEMA asks those affected who need help to register for help.

Federal dollars are available for loans and housing grants.

Housing assistance will be available for up to 18 months, depending on insurance coverage.

FEMA says 190 people have registered for assistance so far.

As the Secretary of Homeland Security leaves Washington State - he assures residents.. FEMA will see the recovery through.

To register with FEMA: