Widow seeks $7 million after deadly Wash. mudslide

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The lawyer for a woman whose husband died in the Oso mudslide says her client has filed claims seeking a total of $7 million from Washington state and Snohomish County.

Lawyer Corrie Yackulic said Friday that Deborah Durnell wants to learn exactly why a hillside gave way and what government officials knew about risks to those living below in the small community of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports that Thomas Durnell is among 39 people known to have died in the March 22 slide. Another four people are missing.

State and county officials say they have just begun their review of the claims.

County property records show the Durnells bought their home in 2011. The lawyer says they were unaware of the history of slides from the hill above.

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