UPDATE: Washington Landslide Death Toll Doubles to Eight

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

UPDATE: March 23, 2014:

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.

Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.

The 1-square-mile mudslide that struck Saturday morning also critically injured several people and destroyed about 30 homes.
At least 18 people remained missing, though authorities warned that number was "fluid."

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Snohomish County authorities say a massive landslide in Washington state has killed two people, injured six others and destroyed at least six houses.

An estimated mile-long slide of dirt, trees, rocks and other debris hit just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton says a 6-month-old infant was among those injured.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground water saturation from recent heavy rainfall.

The landslide has completely blocked State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

Also blocked is the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which is expected to cause flooding in the area.


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