The death toll for the devastating Washington mudslide that hit the town of Oso increased to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which said all but three have been identified.
The latest name added to the ongoing list include Billy L. Spillers, 30 of Arlington. Like most others killed in the Washington mudslide, he died of multiple blunt force injuries on March 22 in the slide that crushed the residential area along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. His name had been on the list of those missing.
Spillers was a Navy chief petty officer who lived with his wife Jonielle as well as the couple’s four children. She was at her nursing job when the Washington mudslide took over their house. Spiller’s 4-year-old son survived the wreckage and was rescued by a helicopter.
Spiller’s daughter Kaylee, 5, and stepson Jovan Mangual, 13, have been identified as dead on the growing list. His two-year-old daughter Brooke is listed as missing.
As search efforts continue in the debris for bodies, the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a berm – a rock and gravel barrier – to prevent the river from flooding parts of the debris field and the Highway 530. Engineers are hoping to conclude the berm in a week’s time.
The weather forecast seems to be brightening up, with drier weather predicted for this upcoming week which will aide. But rain showers Tuesday will cause the river to rise about a foot in the pool formed by the mudslide, the National Weather service said.
Mourners gathered this past weekend to commemorate those killed in the Washington mudslide that shook the community of Oso. To read more on the funerals held this weekend please click here.