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Workers dig at a much drier mudslide site on the west side at the west site of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37, near Oso, Wash., on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Workers dig at a much drier mudslide site on the west side at the west site of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37, near Oso, Wash., on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
(Lindsey Wasson/AP)

JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI

What I saw from the front lines of Oso’s mudslide and Lac-Mégantic’s inferno

I stood in front of the police blockade outside of Oso, Wash., just over a kilometre from the mudslide that only a day earlier had covered much of the village. Lights flashed and locals milled about, looking for something to do. Nine months earlier I had stood near a similar police line in the centre of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Many locals were looking for a similar distraction from the devastation.