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Mudslide survivors cling to hope for missing relatives

Mudslide survivors cling to hope for missing relatives

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KGMI News Reporting, complied with ABC News and AP News

OSO, Wash. – The death toll of the massive mudslide is Oso has risen to 14 and that number is likely to rise.

As many as 176 people remain unaccounted for.

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says the slide wiped out 49 homes.

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A Texas woman says her parents live in the center of the slide and her 20-year-old daughter and the daughter’s fiance were visiting them.

She fears they’re all gone.

Reed Miller’s 47-year-old son lived with him in the area.

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Miller says it was only by chance that he wasn’t a victim as well.

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Survivor Robin Youngblood was sitting in her living room with a friend Saturday morning when they heard a loud crack.

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It’s still very difficult to search the area for those missing.

Lisa Bishop and her FEMA certified rescue dog were called to the area, but they’re being held back out of safety concerns.

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Bishop says she’s growing frustrated.

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The ground is still moving and there’s a risk of more slides in the area.

Meteorologist Ginger Zee is monitoring conditions.

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The House of Representatives observed a moment of silence for the victims.

Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene led lawmakers from the House floor.

 

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