Work has begun on a new bridge to restore access to the Mt. Index Riversites community! It has been seven long months since a mudslide cut off this communities road. We are so grateful that relief is coming. They hope to have the bridge opened by the end of July. Thank you all for your support!
New bridge construction begins!
Progress to help mudslide victims...thanks to Sky Valley Food Rescue and for generous community members supporting each other! Your resilience and generous spirit in the face of hardship is inspiring!
Type of bridge ordered to restore access
Creative homeowners packing in supplies.
Sky Valley Food Rescue bringing supplies
Thank you to all of you who are following the progress of the MIR community. It has been five months since this resilient group of people has been cut off from road access to their homes due to a catastrophic mudslide. They have been using a footpath to walk miles with heavy groceries, fuel and supplies. A bridge has now been ordered to restore access, giving hope to this struggling community! The financial burden of this emergency action weighs heavy on these good people. We are raising money to help lighten the load of this hurting neighborhood. Thank you for joining us!
Just an update and reminder. This community is trying to raise $100,000 for a bridge so people can avoid having to walk miles to their homes through a treacherous slide area. It is easy to forget, with the tragic events and loss of life in Oso, that the people in MIR are still in danger and that we can help get them out. The slide in Index is very similar, geologists have said, to the Oso slide. It could at any moment rush forward again, taking more homes and people with it and yet people there are forced to walk through it every day, risking their lives to go to work and get food. The community, with your help, have raised $34,460 towards this emergency effort. Please consider giving, so they can complete this bridge and give people a safe way to get home. Thank you so much!
Our hearts go out to the families affected by the mudslide in the Oso area. The Mount Index Riversites community knows well how devastating they can be. We mourn with you for your lost loved ones and the loss of your homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as the rescue and recovery effort continues.
Just wanted to update everyone on the situation in the Mount Index Riversites community. The community beyond the slide have raised about $22,000 between them so far and have pledged much more. Your donations totaling $3,255 have helped to lighten the load for these burdened families. Their situation is still very dire, but they are hopeful as funds are coming in that a roadway will be restored. Thank you for being such an encouragement and support to them! Your help is so appreciated!
As many of you know the situation has become much worse since my last post. Homes are being lost and the road beyond the slide is collapsing as well. Many are being evacuated. I want to challenge anyone who is reading this to give $25 or whatever you can and to challenge 5 of your friends to do the same. Would you please consider doing this? This money is going to help rebuild this road and in doing so, restore a community that needs your help. Thank you so much!
Update...Residents of MIR are now dealing with no power, power lines and trees falling and catching fire, roads collapsing and a flood warning in the path they use to walk out. Most walk about 2 miles daily through mud to get out to work, etc. Many are attempting to evacuate, trying to get Red Cross or ANYONE to help or organize some way to help transport animals and possessions out safely as the road out is dangerous to walk on and the whole hill is threatening to slide into the river. Your help is an encouragement to them in this struggle! It helps them to know that people see what they're going through and care what is happening to them. Thank you!
We really appreciate your continued support in giving and sharing this link! Weather conditions are making the situation much worse right now and crews are unable to work. Power is being affected. Roads are crumbling and creating very unstable conditions. Even walking in and out is dangerous for residents. They will continue to fix the road as these conditions improve and they will need a lot of financial help to create a permanent solution that allows people to live in their homes. They are grateful for any assistance! We so appreciate the news coverage and concern from the community at large. The capacity of the human spirit to pull together in times of crisis is inspiring! Thank you so much for helping these people!
We have raised $2500 together and hope is on the horizon for the people of this community! Within the next couple of days crews will be back to work opening the road and a long term fix, which includes a retaining wall, is being planned! This fund is currently being allocated to contribute to that long term fix and will help to lighten the load of those heavily burdened residents. Thank you so much for your giving and sharing this need!
Please share this need and give if you can! 250 plus homeowners are having to consider giving up their homes, their retirements plans, vacation homes that have been in the families for years. There is no insurance or government help for this...Aerial video of slide area...thanks to Scott Highland for the video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJubtUoLPiE&list=UU3f7cxqjYfg4Alp6BUqoQ2Q
We are at $1990 raised... so very close to reaching $2000! Great thanks to all who have donated and shared!!
Thank you to all who are sharing this page with others! KIRO news shared our fundraising page this morning and a story with a link also appeared in The Daily Herald out of Everett!
Thanks so much to all of you who have shared this need with your friends and family! We are all so grateful that you helped us raise 1915 so far! Many in the community are out otoday with shovels and small equipment to try to make a path down the hill. Please keep sharing! Everything helps!
Thank you all for helping raise $1890 towards the effort to open this road for the great people of Mount Index Riversites! Today I will be speaking to Amy from the The Daily Herald and I know others are doing all they can to get people interested in this crisis. Giving has slowed but people are still stranded and without access to vital emergency services. Businesses are suffering and as the snow melts, houses are in increased peril. Please keep sharing!! They need our help! Any amount encourages our goal of getting our road crews back to work!
Thank you to all of you who have donated so generously and shared this link! We have raised $1715 together! The news has mentioned the mudslide, but so far, not our fundraising efforts. We are on our own getting the word out to our friend's and neighbors that we need HELP and families are in peril until we are able to open the road again! Thank you for caring about these people and doing what you can to help! It is so appreciated!
Thank you for helping us raise $1490 in one day for the people in Index. I just spoke to Jeff Smith who lives beyond the mudslide and is about to be interviewed by KOMO. This will hopefully air tonight. He is helping people get in and out and was telling me about how dire a situation it is for so many people out there. Everyone is very encouraged that funds are being raised to help them!
Thank you so much for all the incoming donations and all those are sharing this link! We have raised $925 since yesterday afternoon! Local news interest has also been renewed and they are helping get the word out about how people can give. Please continue to share!
Thank you so much for your donations and also to all of you who have shared this page. Many people giving even very small amounts can make a huge difference! The people of this community are so grateful! Thank you Ali for posting! :)
We are a community who needs your help to save the only road that we have to access our homes near Index,
Residents of approximately 270 homes in this mountain community sit in peril, due to a catastrophic mudslide that has rendered their dead end road impassable. Home owners are now forced to hike multiple miles, traversing sticky shin-deep mud, just to get home. With this perilous footpath as their only means of reaching the outside world, residents have been completely cut off from vital fire rescue and emergency medical services in addition to their jobs, schools, families and livelihood. Local, state and federal governments are unable to help
since this is a privately owned road maintained by the community association. Crews have worked tirelessly to keep the road clear, but the community funds have run out. Now the mudslide has overtaken the road completely and threatens to destroy homes in its path. This has forced residents to carry in their food and supplies on foot.
One resident fears for her husband who has a failing heart and that he would be unable to get help in case of an emergency. A recent fire in the community on this side of the landslide reminded residents that those beyond the slide would be in a dire situation in such an emergency. This need is urgent and must be resolved without delay!
Currently, the homes of three residents sit directly in the path of the slide and will be swept down the hill and into the river without proper intervention. Early assessments of the damage estimated a cost of several hundred thousand dollars to repair the road. The residents are giving what they can, but this is not a wealthy group of people and they are now doing everything possible to tap into the generosity of the community and beyond to help raise the money they need. Anything and everything helps!
Since the initial slide in December, mother nature has not relented, inundating the disaster zone with near constant rain which has greatly increased the difficulty of managing and mitagating the damage. With each day that we're unable to get the excavation and engineering crews in, the disaster (and the cost of fixing it) grows much larger. If you can contribute anything at all towards our project, it would be greatly appreciated. Hundreds of people depend on this road. Please help us save it!
All funds will go directly to the community and will be used to fix the road. Thank you so much to those of you who feel compelled to help this community of people in need! Local News Coverage: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/landslide-threatens-cut-snohomish-county-community/ndW7Q/