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Death toll up to 8 in Washington slide; searchers still seek survivors

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 05:03 AM CDT
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Rescue crews in Washington state are still working amid fading hope of finding any survivors in the debris from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people.

Their spirits had been raised late Saturday night when they heard voices calling for help. But by yesterday, there were no sounds and five bodies were found.

A number of people are still missing.

The 1-square-mile slide also critically injured several people - including an infant - and destroyed about 30 houses in what neighbors described as a former fishing village of small homes -- some nearly 100 years old.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground made unstable by recent heavy rainfall.

The slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, but water began trickling downstream yesterday, easing fears of major flooding. A flash flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon.


Death toll up to 8 in Washington slide; searchers still seek survivors


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