Officials: 18 Missing In Washington Mudslide

CBS Seattle

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Eighteen people were unaccounted for a day after a terrifying wall of mud and debris destroyed as many as 30 homes in rural northwestern Washington state and killed at least three people, authorities said Sunday.

Authorities said that because of the quicksand-like mud, it was too dangerous to send rescuers into the stricken area. Searchers instead flew over the one-square-mile mudslide in helicopters, looking for signs of life.

Some of the missing may have been able to get out on their own, authorities said.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing that authorities suspect “people are out there, but it’s far too dangerous to get responders out there on that mudflow.”

Authorities were also trying to determine how to get responders on the ground safely, Hots said, likening the mudflow to quicksand.

Officials described the mudslide as “a big wall…

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