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Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited the landslide site on April 6, 2014.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

But he said Wednesday that the arrival of FEMA aid does not replace private charity.

"The sad fact is that we can't rely just on the federal government," said the governor. "These programs are not designed to make people whole. If we want people to be whole, all of us are going to have to step up to the plate - state, county, local and individuals as well - to help these families rebuild their lives. And we're going to do that."

Corporations, foundations, individuals and tribes have contributed literally millions of dollars to a range of nonprofits since the landslide.

United Way of Snohomish County reports it alone has raised more than $1.5 million as of late Tuesday. The American Red Cross says it has collected $1.8 million for landslide victims.

Significant sums disbursed so far have gone to gas cards to help residents stranded behind the landslide cope with the long highway detour through Skagit County.

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.