Mudslide Death Toll Rises to 16


mudslideRescue crews have now found at least 16 people dead, and believe they have located eight more in Washington state, which would bring the death toll to 24 from Shabbos’ mudslide.

While many families are still holding out home for the 176 people reported missing, Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots said that yet again on Tuesday no survivors were found.

Officials say the mudslide was triggered by land made unstable by heavy rainfall. The state’s geologist, Dave Norman, said the area affected by the landslide was roughly 4,400 feet across and up to 40 feet deep in some spots. The conditions are also particularly difficult for rescue operations, as the soil has clay and silt that turns solid like cement when it dries. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

{Andy Newscenter}