Mudslide in Snowhomish

There has been a hell of a mudslide in Snohomish Washington. Right now there is fourteen dead and 176 missing. I have a few relatives in that area but I have no indication that any of our family is involved.

14 dead, 176 unaccounted for after Washington mudslide; President declares state of emergency |
That's horrible. Fortunate (if one can acutally use that word) is that this occurred at 11am instead of the middle of the night, may have possibly prevented more tragedy.

Hope your family is okay #juan.
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It's an area that is prone to slides. The substrata is ash and pumus from several volcanoes in the region. When saturated it turns into a slurry. Add in angle of repose and gravity and trajedy happens.
yes, we have been following the headlines, it is tragic, and terrifying.

it brings back the horrible memories of the hope slide, it was a massive slide
too, killed a couple of people in vehicles, but fortunately, not like this one,
there wasn't any houses in the area, but we had driven thru that area many times
back then, and it left one feeling lucky 'that' wasn't one of the times.

i recently watched 'over canada' which showed what that hope slide area looks like
today, and it was even bigger than i had remembered.
Rescuers find more bodies in Washington state mudslide rubble
Bill Rigby, Reuters
First posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 09:00 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 08:36 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, Wash. The likely death toll from a devastating weekend landslide in Washington state rose to 24 on Tuesday after rescue workers recovered two bodies and believed they had located eight more, the local fire chief said.
The discovery of additional bodies came as crews searched under drizzly skies for survivors amid fading hopes that anyone could still be plucked alive from the massive pile of muck and debris.
"Unfortunately we did not find any signs of life today, we didn't find anybody alive," local fire chief Travis Hots told a media briefing.
Officials said that 176 remained missing, but they were hoping that number would decline as some may have been double-counted or were slow to alert family and officials of their whereabouts. Eight people were injured.
The disaster already ranks as one of the deadliest landslides in recent U.S. history. In 2005, 10 people died when a hillside gave way and engulfed homes in La Conchita, California.
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Last victim of deadly Washington mudslide believed found
Steve Gorman, Reuters
First posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 09:32 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 09:37 AM EDT
Search teams in Washington State have found the remains of a person thought to be the last victim of a mudslide that buried an entire community in March and killed 43 people, county authorities said.
The body believed to be that of 44-year-old Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge was located Tuesday morning on the western edge of the disaster site. Medical examiners expect to confirm identification once the remains are recovered, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
The Seattle Times reported that the body was found in a deep pocket of debris believed to have been the garage of Regelbrugge's home, about 100 yards from the spot where the remains of her husband, U.S. Navy Commander L. John Regelbrugge III, were recovered on March 25.
They were among 43 people who perished when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River, unleashing a torrent of mud that obliterated the enclave of Steelhead Haven on the outskirts of Oso, Washington, 55 miles (89 km) northeast of Seattle.
More than 50 homes were swallowed in the March 22 landslide, the deadliest in U.S. history.
A 186-page report sponsored by the National Science Foundation from a team of experts who examined the site said it was "highly probable" that three weeks of heavy showers immediately preceding the event had "played a major role in triggering the landslide."
But the scientists said they did not reach any definitive conclusions as to whether logging in the area was a factor. The same river valley has had a long history of landslides, most of which predated timber harvesting, they said.
"Our investigation is not intended to be a final, conclusive study of the landslide, and we did not seek to unequivocally establish causative factors," the scientists said in the report, which they characterized as a preliminary assessment.
They did, however, largely rule out the possibility that an earthquake triggered the slide, saying records indicated no significant seismic activity in the days before the disaster.
Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge. (Facebook)

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