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18 People Are Missing After a Mudslide Struck Washington State

1 year ago
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A wide aerial view shows a huge volume of earth missing from the side of a hill facing the Stillaguamish River, in a landslide along State Route 530, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam ) MANDATORY CREDIT TO: Marcus Yam / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people are unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing Sunday that they suspect there are people out there, but the situation is too dangerous for rescuers.

He said the slide is “basically like quicksand.” Searchers had to turn back late Saturday after attempting a rescue in an area where signs of life were heard.

Authorities are using helicopters, and plan to drop rescuers into areas if they find signs of life.

The slide has blocked about a mile of a state highway. Several people — including an infant — were critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed.

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