ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says state authorities will examine whether risk-assessment for landslides is adequate, following Saturday's deadly slide in the town of Oso.
Questions have been raised after it was learned there were reports years ago warning of the potential for catastrophic landslides in the area.
The search for victims is in its sixth day at the site where hope of finding survivors has been replaced with the realization that some families may not even have someone to bury.
Search crews have located 25 bodies in the debris field but have only managed to recover 16 of them.
The Snohomish (snoh-HOH'-mish) County emergency management director says 90 people are confirmed missing. In addition, there are 35 people who may or may not have been in the area at the time of the slide.
145-w-35-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent, with Dawn Grant and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.)--At least 25 bodies have been discovered from the massive mudslide in Washington State. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (27 Mar 2014)
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093-a-07-(John Pennington, director, Snohomish County Emergency Management, at news conference Wednesday)-"well.org site"-Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says as officials narrow down a list of 176 reports of people missing, they're getting a clearer picture of who is still unaccounted for. (27 Mar 2014)
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089-a-14-(Sound of a woman identified only as Marla calling 911 on March 22, 2014, to report the mudslide)-"have moved out"-Sound of a woman identified only as Marla calling 911 on March 22, 2014 to report the mudslide. (27 Mar 2014)
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088-a-17-(Sound of a woman identified as Marla calling 911 to report the mudslide, on March 22, 2014.)-"on the hill"-Sound of a woman identified as Marla calling 911 to report the mudslide on March 22, 2014. ((note length of cut)) (27 Mar 2014)
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APPHOTO WAEVE112: Searchers examine the area on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, east of Oso, Wash. The debris field is about a square mile and 30 to 40 feet deep in places, and includes quicksand-like muck, rain-slickened mud and ice. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan ) (26 Mar 2014)
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APPHOTO WAEVE105: National Guard troops prepare to enter the mudslide debris on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014 east of Oso, Wash. The debris field is laced with hazards that include fallen trees, propane and septic tanks, twisted vehicles and countless shards of shattered homes. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan) Photo taken 20140326 (26 Mar 2014)
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APPHOTO WASET111: Darrington Fire District 24 volunteer firefighters, Jan McClelland, left, Jeff McClelland, center, and Eric Finzimer, first responders to the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, talk to the media about their experiences as rescue workers, in Darrington, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (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 MARCUS YAM (26 Mar 2014)
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APPHOTO WATW116: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, sits with residents at a community prayer meeting, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Darrington, Wash. The town is not far from where a massive mudslide killed at least 16 people last Saturday and left dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (26 Mar 2014)
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