At least 24 people died in the mudslide in Snohomish County, Washington, where officials said residents knew of the "high risk" of disaster and John Pennington, its emergency management director, said "the community did feel safe." The search continues as 16 bodies have been recovered, eight others have been spotted and more than 150 people are missing.
Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 24 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.
Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state. Search and rescue teams took to the air in helicopters and the ground on foot on Sunday looking for anyone who might still be alive. Their spirits had been raised late Saturday night when they heard voices calling for help from the flotsam of trees, dirt and wreckage. Dangerous conditions forced them to turn back in the darkness, but they resumed their work at first light Sunday.
Rescuers pulled five bodies from the debris on Sunday, adding to three found on Saturday. Officials say there are still a number of people registered as missing, but search teams said they had not seen or heard any signs of survivors.
A huge landslide that roared down from a rain-saturated mountain slope near here, leaving eight people dead and at least 18 others missing, remained a site of both devastation and continued extreme danger on Sunday, state and local officials said. The slide, about a square mile in size, reduced homes to shattered fragments in seconds, buried a state highway and dammed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, posing flood risks up- and downstream. But the rescue effort quickly also became a scene of havoc, with some emergency workers sinking up to their armpits in the slurry-like mud and requiring rescue themselves as they were pulled out with ropes.
The list of people reported missing after Saturday's landslide in rural Washington includes 108 names