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Up to 176 reported missing after deadly mudslide

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 - 01:53

March 25 - Rescue workers sifted through mucky rubble in search for survivors, where 176 are reported missing, from a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 14. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The search for survivors continues - and emotions are extremely raw. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT RAE SMITH, SAYING: "My heart is shattered into a million pieces." Rae Smith's daughter is missing - among scores of others in Snohomish County. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT RAE SMITH, SAYING: "My sixteen year old daughter, my adult son, and his two young sons were down there digging with their hands trying to find her, trying to find any sign of her." Up to 176 people are reported missing after a devastating mudslide in Washington State on Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, JOHN PENNINGTON, SAYING: "That number is about individual names reported. They are not individuals that are deceased, they are not individuals that are injured, they are not individuals that are missing. They are 176 reports." But that's of little comfort to worried residents. At least 14 people are confirmed dead. And there are many stories of despair in this small community. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT, IRENE KUNTZ, SAYING: "We have lost our great, great sister. But we are a strong family and we're going to get through this." The Kuntz family have at least one thing to celebrate after what they call "a day of horror." Their family dog was found alive. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT QUINTON KUNTZ, SAYING: "I'm just shocked how well he did against my whole house falling on him." Search and rescue teams are scouring the area. Washington Governor Jay Inslee insists it is their top priority: (SOUNDBITE) (English) WASHINGTON GOVERNOR, JAY INSLEE, SAYING: "I can tell you these rescue personnel both professional and volunteers are pedal to the metal. They want get in there, and they are getting in there to the extent humanly possible." At times like these, people are simply holding onto hope. Like John Hadaway, whose brother is still missing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT, JOHN HADAWAY, SAYING: "You gotta have hope no matter what. You gotta have hope. No matter what it is, we want him home. That's all we want." On top of it all, authorities are still worried about flooding, as water levels in the Stillaguamish River continue to rise.

Up to 176 reported missing after deadly mudslide

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 - 01:53

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