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Slide Update

Posted on 25th March 2014 at 16:48

Authorities in Snohomish County now say that they have a list of 176 names of people who may be missing after Saturday’s massive landslide near Oso, and conditions may be getting worse. Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says that they’re working off this list, but he also emphasizes that there could be many duplicate names on this list. The death toll from the slide is now put at 14, and the search efforts are continuing. Early this morning, the Weather Service continued the Flash Flood Watch for Snohomish County through this afternoon. They say that the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River is still cutting a new channel on the north end of the blockage; at this time, the river is moving in an “orderly” fashion; however, the instability of this debris dam and the speed of creating the new channel makes for a highly dangerous situation. They’re still warning people to stay away from the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, until the river has full stabilized. President Obama is declaring an emergency, making federal resources available for this response. One local angle to this incident is that Pennington is a former 18th-District Representative, who also helped deal with the massive impact of the Aldercrest landslide in Kelso.