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Number of missing in Oso mudslide reduced to 30
ARLINGTON - The list of those missing or unaccounted for after the March 22 Oso mudslide has been lowered from 90 to 30.
The number of missing had been listed as 90 since March 26, but officials announced at a Saturday press briefing that they had been able to work through the list and lower the number of missing to 30.
Also on Saturday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office identified one more victim, bringing the official number of fatalities in the Oso mudslide to 18. Rescue workers located the remains of one additional victim in the field on Saturday, those remains were transported to the ME’s office.
Heavy rain hampered the efforts of search crews working in the debris field of the landslide on Saturday. Periods of extremely heavy rain saturated the site, causing ponds to form in some of the search areas. Crews had to dewater those sites in order to continue searching. Engineers are also posting a lookout in the field to watch for any material sloughing off the landslide area. That person will coordinate with teams in the field if they note any concerns.
The weather is expected to improve Monday and Tuesday, which should help field crews.
An emergency service road opened today, connecting the east and west sides of the slide. This is a welcome asset for crews and helps improve communication between teams working the debris field. This road is closed to public access.
Snohomish County has also created a new Facebook page to help coordinate and organize community slide-relief efforts: www.facebook.com/530SlideRelief. Community members and organizations who are organizing fundraisers or accepting donations are encouraged to post their events on this page.