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Resilience of the People of Washington State

The spirits, the strengths and the community determinations of the people of Oso, Arlington and Darrington, Washington State, are strong. Though they have been hampered, dampened and sadden by the debris flow a week ago that has now killed a confirmed 18, Washington State will rebuild. And despite the long odds of finding survivors under the current elements impeded conditions at the landslide site, rescue efforts continue in Oso. Fresh rescue dogs were brought onto the rescue site to help in the rescue  and in the grim recovery of the dead. At 10:37 a.m. P.T. yesterday, Washington State paused in solemn silent vigil on the one-week anniversary of the debris flow. The communities of Washington State,  from children to adults, are involved in many efforts to ease the pain and suffering of the families of the lost. Kids are raising money, adults are lending  hands in rescue efforts. A glimmer of fortune has been the reduction to 30 from 90 of the people reported missing. Yet, the identification of victims remain a difficult process as Jason Biermann, a program manager for the Sohomish County Department of Emergency, conceded: "The slide hit with such force that recuers are not finding full intact bodies."  Dan Rankin, the Mayor of   Darrington acknowledged: "Our community is changed forever...it's going to take a long time to heal."  But Washington State continues to hold out hope of finding  survivors and Mayor  Rankin  confirmed: "In our minds, we are   in recovery mode. In our hearts, we are still in rescue mode." Hope lives on in Oso and though yesterday was a gray day, the elements should clear and usher in better weather across the region  later this week. After the healing process in Washington State, when rebuilding starts, the debris flow will teach us ways in which we can live  better within our environments. We will now apply lessons on how best we could utilize technology to coordinate our habitats within nature.