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The Today File

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March 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Inslee: ‘The scope of this is almost unbelievable’

ARLINGTON — After flying over the scene of the Highway 530 mudslide near Oso, Gov. Jay Inslee says he was “left with a sense of awe that water and dirt can do that.”

“The scope of this is almost unbelievable and it’s just heart-rending,” he said by phone. “There are people who are missing and people who are awaiting news of their loved ones.”

Inslee flew over the scene this morning in an airplane while rescuers were looking for survivors. He noted rescuers were taking risks by walking onto the shifting mud and debris.

“There’s too much debris to take a boat, but it’s too soft to walk on,” he said.

Inslee urged people living upstream and downstream of the slide to heed emergency managers if an evacuation is ordered because of the threat of a flood.

Inslee plans to brief the media during a news conference at noon at the incident command post in Arlington.

MORE COVERAGE:

18 people unaccounted for in slide; voices heard, then gone

‘When the slide hit the river, it was like a tsunami’

3 die in mudslide east of Arlington, 6 homes destroyed

Five injured in slide are at Harborview Medical Center

Survivor tells of loud crack, wall of mud, house ‘in sticks’

Recent saturation of rain likely built up to fatal mudslide

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports 

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