Mudslide Death Toll Rises As Search For Survivors Intensifies


UPDATED: Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:31 PM


OSO, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say they still don't know how many people remain missing from a deadly Washington state mudslide.
 
Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said late Monday that officials were working off a potential list of 176 people, but he stressed that authorities believed that included many duplicate names.
 
At least 14 people have died. Officials say they are still culling through multiple reports of people who may have lived or worked in the area.
 
The slide smashed through a small community about 55 miles north of Seattle on Saturday morning.

Search teams in Washington State are using canoes and hovercrafts to look for signs of life in thick mud that is 40-feet deep in some places.

On Monday, members of one crew along the western edge of the slide area were forced to retreat...fearing more mudslides.
 
President Obama has declared an emergency in the state...ordering federal aid to help the struggling community.

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

At least 30 homes were destroyed and an entire road blocked. More flooding is likely to hit the area. Forecasters are calling for rain throughout the week.