DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Nearly a month after the mudslide hit Oso, hundreds of people are still searching for bodies and clearing debris, but few of them are volunteers.
A spokeswoman for an incident management team, Koshare (koh-SHAR’-ee) Eagle, says volunteers are likely to be turned away unless they have special expertise or needed equipment. Some people have even offered helicopters and boats, but there’s limited space.
A few people who showed up and said they had search dogs actually slowed down operations when it turned out they weren’t qualified.
Other volunteers, such as loggers with heavy equipment, have been integrated into the official recovery operation.
Eagle says about a half dozen volunteers — local firefighters and family members — have been working since the beginning. Some other volunteers are managing donations in Arlington.