Front Line View Shows Why Search For Landslide Victims Is Slow

By Tom Banse

Emergency managers in Snohomish County, Washington are allowing a select number of relatives of the missing to join the search for victims from Saturday’s massive landslide. Wednesday, the grim search continued across the mucky, grey debris pile near the village of Oso. Search operations section chief Steve Mason says the view from up close shows why some distraught families are having to wait so long for closure.

Steve Mason: “You hear the chain saw running? They’re cutting trees to get them smaller because all that timber that was up there on the hillside, is (now) laying with this stuff. People are under logs, mixed in. You know, it is a very slow process.”

Snohomish County’s emergency management director says he hopes to announce a decrease in the list of missing and unaccounted people Wednesday night.

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