Washington Mudslide Death Toll Rises, Residents Declare, ‘Hope Is Not Lost’, Highlight Hollywood News

The death toll rises in Arlington, Washington, killing at least 25 and leaving 30 still missing. However, people are still hoping and praying for miracles.  The number of people unaccounted for after the March 22 landslide dropped Saturday to 30 from 90, officials said.

In addition to the 21 confirmed fatalities, another four bodies have been discovered in the debris field, Jason Biermann, a program manager for the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said Sunday evening at a news conference.

On Saturday, residents and rescuers paused in the rain at 10:37 a.m., the exact time when a landslide forever changed their world a week earlier.  That’s when the mountain-size torrent of mud swept over a mile, knocking over homes and trees.

 

In Saturday’s moment of silence, officials eulogized the rural residents who lost their lives inside their homes or on the road when the hillside collapsed, after a month of ground-soaking rain, and obliterated everything in its path.

 

 
The wet conditions have only made a difficult task that much harder. A break from the wet conditions, though, may finally be in the forecast. Mostly sunny skies are predicted in the days ahead
 
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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