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Gov. Gregoire tours Naches landslide

NACHES, Wash. - Governor Chris Gregoire finally got a chance to see the destruction done by Mother Nature first hand. "She's absolutely taken people out of their homes and put a lot of question marks for all of us as to how do we move forward from here?" Gregoire told reporters.

The Governor toured the area around the Naches landslide on Saturday.

Gregoire flew by helicopter over the slide that blocked State Route 410 and diverted the Naches River, and was briefed on repair efforts at Naches Middle School. She was accompanied by state Transportation Department Secretary Paula Hammond, Washington National Guard Gen. Timothy Lowenberg and two state legislators.

The huge slide on the east side of the Cascades blocked the road and river last Sunday. Highway 410 is expected to remain closed at Naches through the winter.

There are question as to who is going to pay for home damages.   Some neighbors living in the shadow of the slide said their insurance companies aren't offering any help, but Gregoire says that's unacceptable.

Gregoire plans to connect residents who's homes were damaged in the slide with State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to get them covered and provided with anything they may need.

The Governor's visit has at least assured some neighbors help is on the way.  Don Dexter had this to say after he heard of the Governors plan to help, "Oh yeah, definitely relieved on that.  When I heard from my claims adjuster told me over the phone, I developed a few choice new words for the dictionary I'll tell you that."

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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