Bellingham-based AmeriCorps crew working at Oso site


A Bellingham-based AmeriCorps crew has joined the response to the Oso landslide disaster.

The crew from the state Department of Ecology's Washington Conservation Corps is led by Liz Anderson. Other members are Ben Kunesh of Bellingham; Nelson Lee of Port Orchard; Lyle Skaar of Auburn; Erin Thorson of Olympia; and Michael Vaughan of Bellingham.

They join other AmeriCorps team at the request of the state Emergency Management Division, according to Ecology. The WCC crews are assigned to support the overall response effort. They helped move the command post from Arlington's city hall to the old junior high school building. Other activities include waste disposal, generator operation, food distribution, and supply delivery.

WCC also helps transport staff, supplies and equipment to and from the slide location, according to Ecology.

Established in 1983, the WCC is made up of young adults between 18 and 25. The program enrolls more than 300 AmeriCorps members annually.

Lyle Skaar's name was corrected March 31, 2014

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