Search Goes On For Wash. State Deadly Mudslide Survivors - New York News

Search Goes On For Wash. State Deadly Mudslide Survivors

Posted: Updated:
Photo: Pierce County Fire & Rescue Photo: Pierce County Fire & Rescue

At least 14 people are now dead after heavy rains caused a mudslide about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

It's still unclear how many are missing, with the list of potentially unaccounted for persons rising to more than 176.

Many expressed shock as the mountainside crumbled in front of them on Saturday morning.

Police released 9-1-1 calls from witnesses to the devastation:

9-1-1 Caller: "There's like a mudslide and everything's gone. The houses are gone!"

9-1-1 Caller: "All I see is dirt now. We watched hundreds of trees come falling."

9-1-1 Caller: "I can't believe this ... Oh my God."

The community came together at a vigil to remember those lost, and pray for anyone who might still be trapped.

"Very emotional, just, don't take life for granted," Arlington resident Mike Jensen said.

Scores of people remain unaccounted for as rescue crews work in dangerous, messy conditions.

The mudslide took out more than two-dozen houses at a time when many people were home.

"If this had been a week day, chances are that a lot more people would have been at work, or traveling on 530 heading out of danger, but we were dealt with what we were dealt with," Dem Director John Pennington said.

The mud is 15-feet thick in some places of the one-square-mile slide.

It's been described as feeling like quicksand.

"I just want them to bring my daughter home and get her out of the mud. I just want to hold her," Rae Smith said.

The images of recoveries are striking as the search goes on; a family finding their dog in the debris, and first-responders taking a photo just moments after saving a 4-year-old boy nearly drowning in the muck.

"I took all his clothes off because he was freezing and wrapped him up," Robin Youngblood, the boy's neighbor, said.

The search effort is being hampered by a host of issues, including septic discharges, and officials add the ground is still unstable.

More rain is predicted in the area for the next several days.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:40:09 GMT
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
  • NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:40:57 GMT
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices