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Some rescue crews in Washington state on much-needed rest

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 - 01:56

March 30 - Sunday was truly a day of rest for some in Oso, Washington where dozens of the 200 rescue personnel looking for bodies still trapped under mud and debris were finally able to take a short break from their grim work. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Sunday was truly a day of rest for some in Oso, Washington. Dozens of the 200 search and rescue personnel looking for bodies still trapped under the mud and debris of last week's landslide were finally able to take a short break from their grim work. About 125 personnel remained at the scene Sunday. Also taking a much-needed break where the search dogs that have become such a crucial part of the recovery effort. SOUNDBITE: KRIS RIETMANN, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPOKESPERSON, SAYING: "This is just a time to take care of the dogs. In addition to that, after a long time at a scene dogs can lose their scenting ability. So taking that break is important." Among those who remained at the recovery scene on Sunday, so-called "memento collections crews." SOUNDBITE: KRIS RIETMANN, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPOKESPERSON, SAYING: "That is a very important thing to this community to collect the personal belongings and mementoes of families that have been impacted by the slide. Those mementoes go through a decontamination process and then they are securely stored so that families can be reunited with some of their belongings." But the rain that's hampered operations on that devastated hillside did not take a break Sunday. The weather continued to slow down the recovery process. The region's received a foot of rain just since Friday. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee told the CBS news program Face the Nation his teams are doing everything "humanly possible" to keep this a rescue operation. SOUNDBITE: WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE SAYING: "We are going to be in an active rescue mode, as long as there's any possibility of hope for these survivors. But the task before our state is really quite monumental. This has severed an arterial highway to the town of Darrington. We've got sort of a temporary road set up. But we're going to have to restore this highway and restore this town." Churches plan services on Sunday to offer prayers for the victims of the mudslide. It's left a debris field a square mile big. As many as 28 people are presumed dead. But the numbers of missing has gone down sharply from 90 to now an estimated 30 people unaccounted for.

Some rescue crews in Washington state on much-needed rest

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 - 01:56

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