The homes destroyed in the March 22 mudslide at Oso, Wash., have mostly been removed, and Highway 530 has been reopened between Arlington and Darrington, but work continues at the site where 43 people lost their lives.
Contractors hired by Snohomish County under a $6 million site restoration contract are sifting through piles of debris that could fill about 17,000 dump trucks.
The Daily Herald reports workers are screening and sorting the debris.
Personal belongings will be saved for owners or loved ones. Man-made debris goes to a landfill. Soil will be used to fill holes and trenches. Wood will be ground into chips.
The work will likely wrap up in September, and the site will be seeded with grass and wildflowers.
One body buried in the slide remains missing.
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