Rain Makes Slippery Search At Deadly Landslide More Complicated

By Tom Banse

Light rain is falling on the valley north of Seattle this week, where hundreds of rescuers are still combing through debris from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide. Snohomish County fire district chief Travis Hots says the change in the weather makes air and ground operations more challenging.

Travis Hots: “Some of the ground that we are working on has become de-watered in the last few days. That has made it easier to get in there and move around. Now what we have is precipitation occurring -right now as we speak. So it is going to further complicate things, slow things down a little bit.”

At a morning briefing in Arlington, Washington, emergency officials said the confirmed death toll remains at 14. But they expect that to rise today. As if to underscore that, Snohomish County announced it has requested assistance from a state mortuary team. Also Tuesday, a 50-member strong National Guard search and extraction team joined the response.

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