Mudslide death toll remains at 14 with 176 people unaccounted for
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 01:23
March 25 - Authorities say at least 14 people have died, and 176 people are missing due to a deadly Washington State mudslide. They expect that number to change. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The death toll from a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state climbed to 14 people on Monday, as six more bodies were found, while the number reported missing continued to swell two days after the tragedy, authorities said.
As many as 176 people were reported missing in the massive landslide, and local emergency management officials expressed doubt anyone else would be plucked alive from the muck that engulfed dozens of homes when a rain-soaked hillside near Oso, Washington, collapsed on Saturday morning.
John Pennington, director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, expects the number of people unaccounted for to remain fluid. He outlined the support brought in to help search and rescue teams.
Meanwhile, concern lingered about flooding from water backing up behind a crude dam of mud and rubble dumped into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River by the slide in an area along State Route 530, about 55 miles (90 km) northeast of Seattle.
"The River is continuing to do what we expect. It's cutting the channel in a predictable way, making its way up to the slide. Flows are on the increase. We do have rain for the next few days and we expect the river to go up," said Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thompson.
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