Obama to visit Washington mudslide

A boy wipes his eye as he leaves funeral services for thirty six year-old Summer Raffo, who was killed in the deadly Oso, Washington mudslide, at the Gleneagle Golf Course on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Washington. Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

EVERETT, Wash. -- President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers, the White House said Tuesday.

The White House said it plans to release further details about the president's trip in the coming days.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says the president plans to visit the scene later this month.

The Washington state Democrat says she talked with the president Tuesday about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's continued support as the area copes with the aftermath of last month's devastating slide.

The death toll rose to 35 people Tuesday, with the addition of one more person to the number of victims. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it's still working to identify four of the dead.

The county sheriff's office has said 11 people remain missing from the March 22 slide that buried homes along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

As the search continues in the debris for bodies, the Army Corps of Engineers was working on a berm - a rock and gravel barrier - to prevent the river from flooding parts of the debris field and state Highway 530. Engineers hope to finish the berm in a week.



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