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    Eighteen people were still unaccounted for Sunday in the wake of a mudslide that killed three and injured eight others in Washington State, officials said Sunday — as fears were raised of more disastrous flooding.

    The number of missing people in the square mile mudslide that washed over Snohomish County would be "fluid," said Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots during a news conference Sunday.

    "We suspect that there are people out there but it’s extremely dangerous to get responders out on that mud-flow," Sots said. The slide that occurred around 11 a.m. (2 ET) Saturday had turned land that spanned neighborhoods into "quicksand," Hots added.

    The mud is up to 15 feet deep in places, according to the Snohomish County Government, making some search techniques impossible to employ. “Thermal imaging cameras are generally effective on a surface area, if someone’s buried that won’t be effective,” Hots said.

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    On Saturday night, search teams heard people yelling from a home in the path of the slide, but a rescue operation "was not successful."

    "The mud was just too thick and deep,” Hots said.

    Rescuers who tried to reach affected homes on Saturday “got dragged in up to their armpits and had to be dragged out by ropes themselves,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee during a briefing Sunday.

    Two helicopters were deployed to scour the area for victims, in hopes that rescuers would be able to trudge through the hazardous conditions to free them, Hots said.

    Another risk to the 100 rescuers was the potential overflow of the Stillaguamish River, which has been blocked by the slide and was rising 10-12 inches every half hour, said John Pennington, director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

    The river could eventually back up and slowly cause a flood — or quickly break through the blockage and cause a deluge, Pennington said.

    The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in Snohomish until Sunday at 5 p.m. (8 ET).

    “We really have two disaster operations going, one that has occurred ... and another that most likely can occur,” Pennington said Sunday.

    The river's dam breached "slightly" on Sunday afternoon, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, but officials assured the "flow won't be catastrophic."

    Evacuation orders were lifted during daylight hours, but Pennington urged residents of the 180-person town of Oso to keep radios on and be ready to flee their homes at a moment's notice.
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    sadly the count is 8 dead as of this morning.
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    very sad.

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    Possible 1999 earthquake could have been the cause of the mudslide weakening the soil integrity.

    "There were 49 homes, cabins or trailers in the path of the mudslide — which tore off a 1,500-foot by 600-foot section of the hillside, spilling earth over the Stillaguamish River and State Route 530."http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dea...ve-seen-n61721

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    Up to 24 now
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    Life is dangerous. Everyplace is subject to some disaster or another.


    Quote Originally Posted by VoorTrekker View Post
    Possible 1999 earthquake could have been the cause of the mudslide weakening the soil integrity.

    "There were 49 homes, cabins or trailers in the path of the mudslide — which tore off a 1,500-foot by 600-foot section of the hillside, spilling earth over the Stillaguamish River and State Route 530."http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dea...ve-seen-n61721

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    Heck, I read this morning that they were warned about mudslide problem years before.
    Nobody cared to warn builders?

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    Yeah. Guess there was a report in 2010 saying it was dangerous to build.
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