Crews search for hundreds of people after north Washington mudslide

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The Saturday slide crushed at least thirty homes, pushing some across a highway and burying others, along with cars which happened to be along the road.

Crews working to find survivors in the debris and quicksand-like mud are at a loss to describe its magnitude.

(NBC) - At least eight people are confirmed dead after a powerful mudslide destroyed part of a northern Washington town over the weekend. It's the possible number of survivors still not found that has rescuers working around the clock.

The Saturday slide crushed at least thirty homes, pushing some across a highway and burying others, along with cars which happened to be along the road. The reported number of missing or unaccounted for people is staggering: 108.

How deep and how wide does this disaster go? Crews working to find survivors in the debris and quicksand-like mud are at a loss to describe its magnitude.

Voices from the mud called to rescue crews for the first twelve hours, then it was quiet. But crews aren't giving up.

Inside the rescue effort, a woman's dog is pulled from a wrecked home. Small Comfort the dog is alive and recovering. The woman who lives in the home.....still missing. So is Bill Welsh, whose family continues to search and hold out hope.

Officials were forced to call off the search this afternoon over fears of another mudslide in the already devastated area.


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