Infromation from Congress Women Suzan Delbene





 Dear Mr. VanBuskirk,


Thank you for contacting me about the recent landslides in Index, affecting the Mount Index Riversites community (MIRCC).

As you know, in late December 2013, and again in early January 2014, a major landslide cut off vehicular access to about 100 homes and cabins in the Mount Index Riversites community (MIRCC) just east of Index. Residents have been without power and have been cut off from Mount Index River Road, the main point of entry to the neighborhood for months, forcing them to bring in food and other supplies by foot.  Index was included under the major disaster declaration issued by President Obama on April 2, 2014 for Snohomish County, and affected residents are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 800-621-3362, as residents may be eligible for disaster assistance. The current deadline to apply for disaster assistance is June 2, 2014.

I have been working closely with the Snohomish Public Utility District as they have been helping the homeowners association find a solution to allow residents to access their homes. I have also been in close contact with FEMA to ensure that any resources that can be made available to the affected residents of Index will be. Please know that I will continue to closely monitor this situation. If you need assistance regarding FEMA or have other questions please contact my office in Bothell directly at 425-485-0085.

Again, thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and concerns. I invite you to stay connected with me by signing up for my e-newsletter at Through this newsletter, I will periodically ask for your opinion on votes and will notify you on issues affecting the district. I can also be reached on Facebook at and on Twitter at My office is here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact us.



Suzan DelBene

Member of Congress


Further, I heard recently,

Further, I heard recently, that at one point, Red Cross had money and supplies earmarked to help the people affected by this slide. But that the governor urged them to add the aid to what they were already giving to Oso.

I registered with FEMA, as

I registered with FEMA, as suggested.

I recieved a call from them this morning.

I was informed that FEMA is not doing anything for the residents of our community, because it has nothing to do with Oso.

I was further informed that the reason for this is because our governor signed papers asking for help from FEMA, for the people affected by the Oso slide. But that the governor never signed papers asking for help from FEMA for the people affected by our slide.