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Snohomish County Mudslide
Mon March 24, 2014
Officials Aim To Consolidate Mudslide Information
Search and rescue operations are still underway in Snohomish County where a mudslide wiped out much of the town of Oso and blocked State Route 530.
John Pennington, Director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, says the top priority now is to consolidate information about those affected into one database.
"The objective here is very clear. Let's consolidate the lists, consolidate the information and the data that we've got. Let's make it helpful to those families that are out there that are really struggling right now," Pennington says.
Snohomish County asks that residents call 425-388-5088 to report missing persons but also to report that they are OK. Officials say numbers are still fluid, but by the last count eight have died due to the slide. There have been 108 reports filed for missing and "unaccounted for" persons.
Snohomish County reports that the mudslide impacted 49 plots of land that had structures including RVs and homes on them, though it's unclear if there were people inside.
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