UPDATE: Death toll at 14 in mudslide in Washington state
OSO, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say they still don't know how many people remain missing from a deadly Washington state mudslide. Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said late Monday that officials were working off a potential list of 176 people, but he stressed that authorities believed that included many duplicate names. At least 14 people have died. Officials say they are still culling through multiple reports of people who may have lived or worked in the area. The slide smashed through a small community about 55 miles north of Seattle on Saturday morning.
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say there are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state. Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington says that doesn't mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities. But he says it's the consolidated list of reported missing from various sources that authorities are working from. Pennington says the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home. At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.
****** ARLINGTON, Wash (AP) -- Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.
Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.
The 1-square-mile mudslide that struck Saturday morning also critically injured several people and destroyed about 30 homes.
At least 18 people remained missing, though authorities warned that number was "fluid."
***** ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in Washington state say it's too dangerous to send rescuers into a mudflow that is "basically like quicksand."
The mud was so thick and deep that searchers turned back last night after attempting to reach an area where voices had been heard crying for help.
Officials say about 18 people are unaccounted for after yesterday's massive mudslide that killed at least three people and injured several others.
Authorities say the slide wiped out one neighborhood of 28 to 30 homes, and blocked about a mile of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.
The mud was reported to be about 60 feet deep in some areas.
As authorities try to determine how to get responders on the ground safely, helicopters will be flying over the area looking for people who may have been able to get out on their own and any other signs of life.
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