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Old Mar 24th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26723240

Authorities say they have 108 reports of people missing or unaccounted for after Saturday's huge landslide in the north-western US state of Washington.

Eight bodies have been recovered so far after the 54m (177ft) deep wall of mud swept near the town of Oso, about 90km (55 miles) north of Seattle.

Search crews have worked day and night, using helicopters in the dangerous conditions that destroyed 30 homes.

Several people, including an infant, were critically injured.

'Situation very grim'
Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said the figure did not necessarily represent the total number of injuries or fatalities.

He said the list had been consolidated from a number of sources.

"It's a soft 108," Mr Pennington told a news conference, reports the Associated Press news agency.

"We have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday," he added.

Snohomish County fire chief Travis Hots told reporters: "The situation is very grim."

'Gone in three seconds'
Authorities have continued their search-and-rescue operations amid a tangled debris field that Washington Governor Jay Inslee labelled "a square mile of total devastation".

An 81-year-old man and a six-month-old boy were said to be in critical condition at a Seattle hospital on Sunday.

An eyewitness told the Daily Herald that he was driving on the road near Oso and had to quickly brake to avoid the mudslide.

"I just saw the darkness coming across the road. Everything was gone in three seconds," Paulo Falcao told the newspaper.

Robin Youngblood, another witness, told the Seattle Times: "All of a sudden there was a wall of mud. Then it hit and we were rolling.

"The house was in sticks. We were buried under things, and we dug ourselves out."

The landslide cut off the city of Darrington and clogged the north fork of the Stillaguamish River.

This prompted fears of severe flooding downstream if the build-up of water behind the debris breaks through suddenly.

The authorities say the landslide was caused by recent heavy rain.

The area has had problems in the past with unstable land.
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Old Mar 24th, 2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

I saw this on the news

I always say I hate the weather where I live (and for about 10 months of the year, I do) but no matter where you go in the US, you're dealing with something - mudslides, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, damaging thunderstorms, blizzards, etc. In Michigan we can have the last 3 of those, but overall it's better than the first 3.
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Old Mar 25th, 2014, 03:44 AM   #3
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Re: Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

That area is known for such events. Excessive rain and then snowmelt. Flooding is common, too.

Awful though. Fourteen people are confirmed dead.
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Old Mar 26th, 2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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Re: Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

OMG. Such a scary situation. I hope the missing people somehow found a way to stay safe for now.
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Re: Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

Also, there was a small earthquake a week or so before the event.

On NWCN, they have had some really sad stories about whole families dead. No one in the town hasn't lost someone or know someone who was killed.
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Old Mar 26th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #6
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Re: Up to 108 missing after US mudslide in the state of Washington

My Grandma lives around an hour outside of Seattle and got word yesterday that she is fine. She lives to the south of Seattle and this happened an hour north of Seattle. I saw it while I was at the gym last night and immediately called my Mom. Scary moment.

Thoughts go out to the others missing and those that have lost their lives
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