Washington Mudslide 2014 Update [PHOTOS]; 8 Dead, About 18 Still Missing; Mud Reaches 15-Feet, Covers 1 Sq Mile of the County

By Alma L. Cruz, Crossmap On March 24, 2014

Reuters

A huge mudslide in Washington state on Saturday morning has claimed the lives of at least 8 victims, injured 8 others, damaged at least 30 homes, and left approximately 18 people unaccounted for. 

The Washington mudslide took place on March 22, 2014 in Snohomish County. The scene of muddy ruins was a result of a 1-square mile mudslide that swept through several homes in the small town. A report from Fox News cites Washington official who described the mudslide as a "big wall of mud and debris." The debris was about 15 feet deep and blocked about 1 mile of State Route 530. 

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"We didn't see or hear any signs of life out there today," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said on Sunday. "It's very disappointing to all emergency responders on scene."

Hots adds that he and his crew will continue in a "search and rescue mode. It has not gone to a recovery mode at this time."

The Washington mudslide aftermath has left a thick and soupy layer of mud throughout the town. Rescuers were initially cautioned against going into the scene on foot. 

"We have this huge square-mile mudflow that's basically like quicksand," Hots said. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee described the mudslide disaster area as "a square mile of total devastation." Inslee declared a state of emergency and reassured families that the rescuers are doing their best to find those who are missing. 

"There is a full scale, 100 percent aggressive rescue going on right now," he added.

Stay tuned for more updates.