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Three Killed, 18 Missing After Major Washington State Mudslide

A house sits destroyed in the mud on Highway 530 next to mile marker 37 on March 23, 2014 near Arlington.

SEATTLE (AP) — A panel is recommending better landslide mapping and beefing up the state’s emergency management system in the wake of the Oso mudslide.

The report released Monday says the disaster provides profound lessons that must be acted upon to enhance public safety in the state.

The SR530 Landslide Commission sent 17 recommendations to the governor and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick.

The panel was asked to review emergency response to the slide and recommend ways to make things safer. It wasn’t asked to determine cause or fault in the March 22 disaster that killed 43 people about an hour northeast of Seattle.

Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that he’s already moving forward on some recommendations. He says his proposed transportation budget will include $36 million for improved mapping and other landslide mitigation measures.

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