No signs of life after huge Washington landslide

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.

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080-a-07-(Colin Downey, communications director, American Red Cross - Western Washington Region, in AP interview Sunday)-"a difficult situation"-Colin Downey, with the Red Cross, says those displaced by the mudslide are dealing with a lot of emotions. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *080 (03/24/14)££ 00:07 "a difficult situation"

066-a-13-(John Pennington, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, at news conference Sunday)-"they will know"-John Pennington, with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, says residents shouldn't be alarmed by water trickling through the massive mudslide. ((refers to Sunday as "tonight")) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *066 (03/24/14)££ 00:13 "they will know"

070-a-08-(Representative Susan DelBene (dehl-BAY'-nee), D-Wash., at news conference Sunday)-"Highway 530 underwater"-Congresswoman Susan DelBene says the mudslide has caused substantial damage. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *070 (03/24/14)££ 00:08 "Highway 530 underwater"

075-a-03-(Sheriff Ty Trenary (TREE'-nayr-ee), Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Sheriff's Office, in interview Sunday)-"it's just unbelievable"-Sheriff Ty Trenary says the force of the mudslide, which pushed an entire neighborhood across a street, is hard to comprehend. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *075 (03/24/14)££ 00:03 "it's just unbelievable"

065-a-07-(John Pennington, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, at news conference Sunday)-"a good thing"-John Pennington, with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, says experts say water built up behind the mudslide is begining to trickle downstream. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *065 (03/24/14)££ 00:07 "a good thing"

074-a-12-(Cherene Graber (shuh-REEN' GRAY'-bur), area resident, in interview Sunday)-"stop and help"-Cherene Graber, who was attending church services in Oso, says it's hard to believe people have died in the mudslide. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *074 (03/24/14)££ 00:12 "stop and help"

077-q-07-(Sheriff Ty Trenary (TREE'-nayr-ee), Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Sheriff's Office, with reporter Sunday)-"we can't find"-Sheriff Ty Trenary is asked what he's thinking, as he surveys the damage from the mudslide. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *077 (03/24/14)££ 00:07 "we can't find"

072-r-20-(Sound of helicopters flying overhead Sunday, as searchers look for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Washington)--Sound of helicopters flying overhead, as searchers look for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Washington. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

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064-a-09-(John Pennington, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, at news conference Sunday)-"conduct night operations"-John Pennington, from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, says the rescue operation is now operating around the clock. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *064 (03/24/14)££ 00:09 "conduct night operations"

079-a-11-(Colin Downey, communications director, American Red Cross - Western Washington Region, in AP interview Sunday)-"in their thoughts"-Colin Downey, with the Red Cross, says people displaced by the mudslide need shelter and emotional support. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *079 (03/24/14)££ 00:11 "in their thoughts"

071-a-13-(Representative Susan DelBene (dehl-BAY'-nee), D-Wash., at news conference Sunday)-"access to information"-Congresswoman Susan DelBene says residents are doing what they can to help those who've been evacuated and those who are missing loved ones. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *071 (03/24/14)££ 00:13 "access to information"

069-a-12-(Governor Jay Inslee, D-Wash., at news conference Sunday)-"of further catastrophe"-Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who took an aerial tour of the mudslide site, says the path of the running water has changed. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *069 (03/24/14)££ 00:12 "of further catastrophe"

076-a-17-(Sheriff Ty Trenary (TREE'-nayr-ee), Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Sheriff's Office, in interview)-"signal us for help"-Sheriff Ty Trenary says the rescue effort continues by land and by air. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *076 (03/24/14)££ 00:17 "signal us for help"

068-a-10-(Governor Jay Inslee, D-Wash, at news conference Sunday)-"hard news, here"-Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who took an aerial tour of the mudslide site, says the news may be grim for some who are waiting for loved ones to be found. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *068 (03/24/14)££ 00:10 "hard news, here"

067-a-05-(Travis Hots, Snohomish County Fire District 21 chief , at news conference Sunday)-"and get them"-Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots says at least eight people are known dead. ((watch for dating)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *067 (03/24/14)££ 00:05 "and get them"

073-a-07-(Tad Merritt, resident of Oso, in interview Sunday)-"nothing like this"-This resident, Tad Merritt, says he's lived in Oso his entire life, and cannot believe the devastation from the mudslide. COURTESY: KOMO TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *073 (03/24/14)££ 00:07 "nothing like this"

078-a-12-(Colin Downey, communications director, American Red Cross - Western Washington Region, in AP interview Sunday)-"sort of thing"-Colin Downey, with the Red Cross, says two shelters have been set up on each side of the river to help victims of the mudslide. (24 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *078 (03/24/14)££ 00:12 "sort of thing"

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