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March 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Heartbreaking 911 calls document initial response to mudslide

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 calls and harrowing — and heartbreaking — recordings between dispatchers, the sheriff’s office, county fire officials and the first responders on the scene.  The recordings represent the response during the first hour and 15 minutes of the incident.

The 911 calls grew increasingly frantic as they came in. The first was made by a woman who called to report that water was running across S.R. 530 and that there appeared to be a roof in the middle of the road.

Another caller told a 911 operator “to bring everybody.”

Minutes later, a man called to say his neighbor’s home was buried but that he could “hear them tapping underneath” the roof, which was sticking out of the muck.

Tension can be heard in the voices of the firefighters and rescuers as they pulled up to the slide and started to realize its magnitude and their inability to help some victims, who could be seen but not reached due to rising water and treacherous ground conditions as the slide continued to move and settle.

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