Mudslide searchers press on with dogs, bare hands

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Crews using cadaver dogs, small bulldozers and their hands have been working through the muck and rain in a search for more people trapped in Saturday's mudslide in Washington state.

Two more bodies were recovered late Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to 16. As many as eight more bodies have been located but not yet recovered.

Scores of people remain listed as missing, but officials hope the restoration of power in a nearby logging town of Darrington will allow some residents to call in and have their names removed from the list.

Searchers have warned that they are likely to find more bodies in the debris field, which covers a neighborhood of 49 structures.

A volunteer rescue worker was injured yesterday. Everett Police say a small piece of debris thrown up by a helicopter downdraft struck the man in the head, rendering him unconscious momentarily. However, his injuries appeared to be minor.

Meanwhile, reports that warned years ago of the potential for a catastrophic landslide in Oso have been surfacing. Snohomish County officials and authorities in Oso say they were vigilant about warning of the dangers of a landslide.

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301-a-18-(Chief Travis Hots, Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Fire District 21-22, at news conference)-"be a possibility"-Snohomish County Fire District Chief Travis Hots says he still considers it a rescue operation. ((note length of cut)) Updated: 03/25/2014-11:30:55 PM ET (25 Mar 2014)

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300-a-15-(Chief Travis Hots, Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Fire District 21-22, at news conference)-"we're finding people"-Snohomish County Fire District Chief Travis Hots says ground searches with dogs are now proving to be the most effective way to search the debris field. (25 Mar 2014)

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302-a-16-(Chief Travis Hots, Snohomish (snuh-HOH'-mish) County Fire District 21-22, at news conference)-"more dangerous areas"-Snohomish County Fire District Chief Travis Hots says overnight operations have to be scaled back because of the risk to rescue workers. (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WATW214: Jammi Parris, a waitress at the Blue Bird Cafe in downtown Arlington, Wash., paints a yellow ribbon on the window of the cafe, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in tribute to the victims and people missing after a massive mudslide struck the nearby community of Oso, Wash., on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WATW203: Teresa Welter cries as she holds a candle, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at a candlelight vigil in Arlington, Wash., for the victims of a massive mudslide that struck the nearby community of Oso, Wash., on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WATW201: People gather Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at a candlelight vigil in Arlington, Wash., for the victims of a massive mudslide that struck the nearby community of Oso, Wash., on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WASET106: A damaged home sits in the debris field caused by Saturday's massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, as recovery efforts continue near Oso, Wash., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WASET105: Rescue workers carry an inflatable boat to the flooded area in the debris field caused by the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, as recovery efforts continue, near Oso, Wash., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER (25 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WAET137: A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (25 Mar 2014)

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