Washington mudslide missing drops to 22; 24 confirmed dead

A flag flies at half-staff on a log with the slope of the massive mudslide that struck Oso in the background near Darrington, Washington March 30, 2014

Authorities in Washington state say they believe 22 people are still missing in the deadly Washington state mudslide that has killed at least 24 people.

That’s down from the 30 people they previously considered missing.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Monday that it has positively identified 18 of the 24 victims in the official death toll.

Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson says the remains of three additional victims were found Monday, but they have not yet been included in the medical examiner’s official numbers.

Location of slide

The slide struck a rural area northeast of Seattle on March 22.

Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.

In seeking additional federal help following one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Inslee said about 30 families need assistance with housing, along with personal and household goods. The estimated losses include nearly $7 million in structures and more than $3 million in their contents, Inslee’s letter said…

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Yes, the area does look very much like parts of B.C. and it is not very far away either.

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