Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mudslide toll rises

ARLINGTON, Wash.—Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into today in rural Washington state.
Search-and-rescue teams took to the air in helicopters and the ground on foot yesterday looking for anyone who still might be alive.

Their spirits had been raised late Saturday night when they heard voices calling for help from the flotsam of trees, dirt, and wreckage.
Dangerous conditions forced them to turn back in the darkness but they resumed their work at first light yesterday.
“We didn’t see or hear any signs of life out there today,” said Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots.
“It’s very disappointing to all emergency responders on scene.”
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late yesterday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field.
Three people already were confirmed dead on Saturday.
More people remained missing, with authorities saying the number was “fluid.”
Earlier yesterday, they said it was at least 18—but that count came before additional bodies were discovered.
The 2.5-square-km slide also critically injured several people, including an infant, and destroyed about 30 homes.

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