SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Robin Youngblood was at her home near Oso, Washington with a friend when their visit was interrupted by the rumble and roar of a massive landslide tearing across the horizon toward her trailer.
“There was a wall of mud racing across the valley,” Robin said. “Must've been going 100 miles an hour. I remember saying ‘Oh my god’, and then it hit us. It was that fast.”
Youngblood’s home was swept away by the Snohomish County landslide, leaving her buried in the mud with bruises and a broken finger.
Both Youngblood and her visitor, who is an exchange student from Holland, were tossed around in the mud, fighting for every breath of air.
“We couldn't breathe. We had to clear out our nose, our mouths and our eyes so that we could even see and dig our way up to the house,” Youngblood said.
She said she’s truly thankful to have been found alive by rescue workers almost an hour after the slide hit. Youngblood says there was nothing they could do but wait for the helicopter to airlift them out of the chaos and devastation.
“While we were waiting for the helicopter to come, a picture came up. I’m Native American and it's a picture called ‘Night Wolf Vision’,” said Youngblood. “It’s of a night warrior, and when I saw that picture I told my friend it's going to be okay. We're going to be protected.”
She’s now staying with her son and daughter-in-law in Springfield, trying to make sense of the tragedy that took place a week ago.
The family has been collecting money and supplies for victims of the mudslide at the Walmart on Olympic Street.
They collected three different vanloads of items in one day. Everything is being distributed through Church of the Earth, where you can also help Robin Youngblood’s family collect relief aid.
Amber Collins, Youngblood’s daughter-in-law, said the community support coming from the tragedy gives their family hope.
“It gives me chills just thinking about it, you know, the community up there is helping out… but for community down here to help up there. It’s just awesome. I love it,” said Collins.