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March 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Search for victims to continue through the night

During a media briefing Sunday night, Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire districts 21 and 22, confirmed that the number of dead had reached eight. When pressed for the number of missing, Hots said it was estimated at a dozen, but he said the number is fluid.

John Pennington, head of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said the rescue effort would continue overnight. Earlier, officials had said the search would end at nightfall because shifting mud and debris endangered emergency personnel.

“Resources are coming in that allow us to conduct night operations,” he said at the briefing. “We’re not able to do that from the air right now, so you won’t hear anything overhead, but there are boots that are on the ground that are really working to continue operations 24/7.”

He also said starting Monday officials will have a more streamlined system for relatives of missing people to make reports and find information.

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