One of the first 911 calls after the mudslide in this small town about an hour north of Seattle came from Marla Jupp.
Jupp, 63, is a retired teacher’s assistant, scion of a large local family that has lived in the Oso Valley along the Stillaguamish River for generations. They’re the Skaglunds, and she still lives at the bottom of Skaglund Hill on State Route 530.
She was at home a week ago Saturday when she heard what sounded like a big truck rumbling by shortly before 11 a.m., “like the wind was blowing real hard, like we had big gusts.”
Then her power went out.