Washington Landslide

penningtonJohn Pennington, Dept. Emergency management, and other officials spoke on what happened during the large mudslide in Snohomish County during a press release 9AM Monday morning.

Pennington said so far there is a list of 108 reports of individuals that have been unaccounted for – this means 108 reports, not actual injuries or fatalities. Officials are trying to consolidate information from all sources and urge the public to call the Snohomish county call center at 425-388-5088 to report if you or someone you know was in that area Saturday morning. They know there was construction workers heading to that area and that there was traffic on Hwy 530.

Pennington also talked about how may parcels of land had manufactured houses, stick houses or were vacant.  49 lots with some form of structure in slide area, 25 believed to be occupied full time

Officials are still in a rescue mode this morning, but they have not found anyone alive since Saturday. Eight have been confirmed dead in the 1-square mile landslide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Pennington said WSDOT will be clearing mud using heavy equipment and teams will use electronic equipment to probe the ground. Search dogs; aircraft and more search and rescue teams will be brought in today. Senator Cantwell added that Federal resources will be available for help, including FEMA and USDOT.

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March 24, 2014/KMAS News

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Earlier Story:

ARLINGTON, WA (AP) - Searchers found five more bodies Sunday in the tangled sludge of a massive landslide in rural Washington state, bringing the death toll to at least eight from the wall of debris that swept through a small riverside neighborhood.

Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer says 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. Earlier Sunday, authorities said at least 18 people were missing, but that count came before additional bodies were discovered. The 1-square-mile mudslide that struck Saturday morning also critically injured several people and destroyed about 30 homes. Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots says crews were able to get to the muddy, tree-strewn area after geologists flew over in a helicopter and determined it was safe enough for emergency responders and technical rescue personnel to search for possible survivors. Searchers continued looking into the night.

March 24, 2014

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