April 7 - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tours the damage from last month's deadly mudslide, encouraging affected Washington residents to apply for federal aid. Vanessa Johnston reports.
The search for victims of Washington state's deadly mudslide continues. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson toured the damage Sunday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON SAYING: "I'm here to tell you, this community, and this state that the federal government is with you." The March 22 mudslide killed 30 people. Thirteen are still missing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON SAYING: "When you meet a family member encountered with a tragedy like this, there's really nothing you can say to ease the pain, except to say that we're here to support you." Johnson also encouraged residents affected by the mudslide to apply for federal aid. Not an easy decision for this Washington resident. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WASHINGTON RESIDENT SAYING: "It's just hard at times to go to government and ask for aid, and say, okay this is what I need, when you're used to providing for yourself." According to FEMA, 190 people have already applied.