National Weather Service Extends Flood Warning in Washington Mudslide Area

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SEATTLE (AP) The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning in the area of the Washington state mudslide.

The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish (snoh-HOH'-mish) County. The weather service says it expects some flooding of homes and roads to continue until a newly forming river channel is large enough to drain the lake behind the slide blockage near Oso.

Crews using cadaver dogs, small bulldozers and their hands have been working through the muck and rain in a search for more people trapped in Saturday's mudslide. Two more bodies were recovered late Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to 16. As many as eight more bodies have been located but not yet recovered.

Scores of people remain listed as missing, but officials hope the restoration of power in a nearby logging town of Darrington will allow some residents to call in and have their names removed from the list.

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