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March 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Slide search continues in rain; FEMA to arrive

UPDATE 9:30 a.m. | Despite the forecast of rain through the week in the area of the massive mudslide, visibility was good this morning and is expected to allow airborne searchers a thorough look at the area, said Snohomish County Emergency Services Director John Pennington.

With 14 confirmed dead and 176 reports of people remaining unaccounted for, Pennington said the chance of finding anyone alive at this point is slim, but added, “I believe in miracles.”

The rain is  “going to make it even more challenging” to  find and reach victims, said Travis Hots, Snohomish County Fire District 21/22 chief. “But our guys are going to be out there, digging around just like they were yesterday.”

Hots said the rescue and recovery effort will take weeks. “This is going to be a very long event.”

A 70-person Federal Emergency Management Agency search team is expected on the scene today.

President Obama, in a White House tweet today, said,  “I would ask all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington State and the community of Oso.”

In Darrington, Gov. Jay Inslee said he also got a phone call from the president.  “He was very attentive to this problem,” Inslee said. A Federal Emergency Management Agency search team is expected to arrive at the disaster site today.

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Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg Tuesday morning updated the conditions of that hospital’s five patients from the massive landslide:

Amanda Skorjanc, 25, is in satisfactory condition.

Duke Suddarth,  a 22-week old boy, is improving, but remains in critical condition in intensive care.

A 37-year old man and a 58-year-old man are in serious condition in intensive care.

An 81 year-old man is in serious condition in intensive care and improving.

Also Tuesday, Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington said it has one patient from the slide, a woman who is in satisfactory condition.

Another patient from the slide, a 68-year-old man, was listed in stable condition Monday at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

For more coverage of the mudslide, click here.

Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: conditions, Harborview, landslide


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