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Search Contiinues For Survivors Of Washington Landslide

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/27/2014

Searchers in Snohomish County, Washington, say they're not giving up on the 90 people who are missing or unaccounted for after a massive landslide. The governor says it's extremely discouraging more survivors haven't been found. But as Gary Tuchman reports crews have not stopped searching. The top priority is still the search for survivors and firefighters we've talked to who've spent much of the day at the decimated landslide scene tell us they have not given out up on that quest. "That miracle can happen," says firefighter Jan McClellan. "We live for that hope. We really live for that hope." But this has been a disappointing day here in Snohomish County, Washington, with no survivors found. The rescue and recover work is being done with choppers and police dogs, bulldozers, shovels and even by hand. Dozens of structures buried in up to 40 feet of mud, mud that in many places is like quicksand, which limits people's ability to work effectively and even to recover bodies. "When we first got here, crews went out and hit the hot spots," says Seteve Mason, Operations Section Chief. "There's a house roof here. Let's get through the roof, go down, work on that house, and see who's in there, if there's anybody in there. As you continue along, you step back, and you do a more comprehensive search, because now, you're looking at the stuff that doesn't jump off the page at you." "The main highway that goes through the effected communities of Oso and Darrington remains shut off," says CNN National Correspondents Gary Tuchman. "For the time being, the general public and even residents are being kept out, as emergency vehicles go in and out." The recovery of bodies will continue, as will, for now, the continued search for people who may be trapped and alive. "We can't lose hope for anybody in this community." says firefighter Eric Finzsimer. "That's not what we're here for. We're here to find those people."

   
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