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Hope for missing grows dim as search nears 1-week mark

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Members of the Washington National Guard methodically make their way through the mud and wreckage left behind by Saturday’s mudslide near Oso. (Photo: Washington National Guard)

ARLINGTON, Wash. — The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Thursday night that it had received 17 fatalities, including the body of a baby, from last Saturday’s mudslide so far.

The death toll is believed to be 25, however, as officials said previously that they had discovered another eight bodies but had not yet recovered them.

A total of 90 people are listed as missing.

“We understand there has been confusion over the reported number of fatalities,” Travis Hots, fire chief for Snohomish County Fire District 22, said in a news release confirming the 17 dead at the medical examiner’s office.

“This has been a challenging process for all of us,” Hots said. “The sadness here is that we know this number will only increase.”

Earlier Thursday, Hots told reporters at a news briefing that he considers the search for victims to still be “in a rescue mode.”

“I haven’t lost hope yet and a lot of people up there (in the debris field) haven’t lost hope,” Hots said.

But since the mudslide struck last Saturday near the tiny town of Oso, no sign of life has been found in the debris field.

After six days of searching, the number of dead is still believed to be 25 and the number of missing is listed at 90 — the same as Wednesday night’s numbers.

Officials have recovered 16 bodies so far and said they believe they had found at least nine others in the field, which would raise the death toll to 25.

Hots and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management Director John Pennington said they did not know if any new victims had been found Thursday.

The massive mudslide struck after 10 a.m. Saturday near the rural, tiny town of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, and took out at least 35 homes and a portion of State Route 530 without warning. It also dammed part of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

The debris field is spread over one square mile, and the mud is up to 40 feet deep in places.  The state Department of Natural Resources said the landslide volume is estimated to be as much as 6 million to 7 million cubic yards of material consisting of sand, silt, and clay.

Some survivors on the outskirts were rescued in the immediate aftermath of the slide, but no one has been found alive in the debris field since then.

More than 200 people, and specially trained dogs, are searching for survivors and victims.  Officials said the dogs have been the most help in finding victims.

Washington National Guard members joined the search Wednesday on the west side of SR 530 near Arlington. The Washington Task Force of volunteers and rescue workers searched the east side of the slide.

Mental health services were set up for victims, families and anyone else affected by the slide, officials said Wednesday. A crisis care hotline was set up at 800-584-3578. A family assistance center opened for family members who had lost a loved one. And donations centers in Arlington continued to take in food, clothes and cash donations.

“I had the opportunity to visit the slide area today,” Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said at the news briefing Wednesday. “I must tell you that in my 44 years of public service, 31 years as a state trooper and 13 years in the Coast Guard, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. Now that I’ve seen it from the ground … I still can’t believe what I saw.”

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday night released two more names of victim. They were identified as Stephen A. Neal, 55, of Darrington, and Linda L. McPherson, 69, of Arlington. The cause of both deaths was listed as blunt impact.

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Stephen A. Neal, 55, of Darrington, was installing a water heater in a home when the mudslide hit Saturday. He was killed. (Photo: BreakingSkagit.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda L. McPherson, 69, of Arlington, the former head librarian in Darrington, died in the mudslide. Her husband, Gary “Mac” McPherson, 81, was sitting next to her in their house when the slide struck. He survived. (Photo: Obit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 comments

  • (DR.) EDWARD SIEGEL

    “EMET!!” = T R U T H ABOUT WASHINGTON-LANDSLIDE!!! (VIA-A-VIS POLITICIANS!!! & UW.EDU B.S.!!!):
    AS A, IF NOT T H E ONLY, F A T H E R[1968{WITH CHARLES VEST: MIT PRESIDENT-EMERITUS!!!; NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING-CHAIRMAN-EMERITUS!!!}; 1971[{WITH CLEMENT TATRO(RIP!!!; MSU/LLNL), T H E T R U E F A T H E R OF ACOUSTIC-EMISSION!!!(AFTER KAISER!!!)}; PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI = FIRST ACOUSTIC-EMISSION MEASUREMENT OF CREEP-PLASTICITY/PLASTIC-FLOW=2-PAPERS!!!; [ EXAMPLE: GOOGLE: SIEGEL AND GREGSON JR., MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING 1971”]; 1974[SCRIPTA METALLURGICA]; 1975; 1976[3RD WORLD CONFERENCE ON ACOUSTIC-EMISSION, TOKYO]; 1977[ACTA METALLURGICA]; 1980[ARISTOTLE BIRTHDAY SYMPOSIUM ON PHYSICS AND MECHANICS, THESSOLONIKI]; 1992[MATERIALS RESEARCH SOCIETY FALL MEETING, BOSTON]];…] OF (SO M I S – CALLED) “BAK”/”BNL”/”DOE” S T O L E N (MUCH OVER-HYPED) ‘SANDPILE-AVALANCHES’ (“GAMES PEOPLE PLAY WITH THEMSELVES AND FOIST ON OTHERS!!!; THOSE WHO CAN, DO; THOSE WHO CANNOT, MODEL!!!”) “SELF-ORGANIZED-CRITICALITY” (SOC), MERELY “A TAD LATE” RE-DISCOVERY OF ISAAC NEWTON’S THIRD-LAW OF MOTION F = ma BUT IN THE (r.t) INVERSE/DUAL/TRANSFORM-SPACE (k[=1/r],w[=1/t]) [GOOGLE: “EDWARD SIEGEL ACOUSTIC-EMISSION”; “EDWARD SIEGEL PLASTIC-FLOW”; “EDWARD SIEGEL PLASTICITY”; “EDWARD SIEGEL JAMMING”; “EDWARD SIEGEL FRACTURE”; “EDWARD SIEGEL NOISE”; “EDWARD SIEGEL 1-OVER-f NOISE”; “EDWARD SIEGEL POWER-SPECTRUM”; “EDWARD SIEGEL POWER-SPECTRA”; “EDWARD SIEGEL SELF-ORGANIZED-CRITICALITY”; “EDWARD SIEGEL SOC”; …] WHILE IN SEATTLE(2010-2013) I REPEATEDLY WARNED STATE OF WASHINGTON OFFICIALS (WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY!!!; GOVERNOR’S-OFFICE!!! ENUMEATED, DENUMERATED, NAMED IN DETAIL BELOW!!!) TO IGNORE THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AKA wIsh-ington IT COULD/WOULD BE HONEST!!!, “WOULD-BE “SCIENCES” BUT SADLY ALAS MERE S E A N C E S(!!!)”(UW.EDU) / NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF.GOV) SEISMOLOGY SHEER-NONSENSE(!!!) AS MEDIA-HYPE P.R. SPIN-DOCTORED “SHOW-BIZ” “BUSH-WAAAH-…-AAH” B.S. MARKETED/ PROMULGATED/TRUMPETED BY MOST ESPECIALLY EVER-DYSFUNCTIONAL EARTH-SCIENCES DEPARTMENT EVER-DYSFUNCTIONAL SEISMOLOGY-LABORATORY (AKA LaVatory!!!)’s JOHN VIDALE AND HEIDI HOUSTON’S AND ALLISON DUVALL’S HOCUS-POCUS(!!!) “SLOW-QUAKES”(=(MERELY)= F = ma ! ! !) AND “GEO-MORPHOLOGY” SHEER-NONSENSE(!!!), AND/WITH EVER-DYSFUNCTIONAL UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON(AKA wIshing(IT WERE HONEST!!!)ton) APPLIED-PHYSICS LABORATORY(AKA LaVatory!!!)’s EVER-DYSFUNCTIONAL SEISMOLOGY-LABORATORY(AKA LaVatory!!!)’s ROBERT ODOM (AKA ODOR!!!) HOCUS-POCUS SHEER-NON SENSE(!!!).
    MUCH NEWS RE. WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE REPORTAGE IS DEAD – WRONG!!! IN THAT IT OMITS POLITICAL ASPECT: GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, ATTORNEY-GENERAL BOB FERGUSON AND STATE ECOLOGY DEPARTMENT FMR. DIRECTOR TED STURDIVANT & HIS SUCCESSOR AND/VIA UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON(INSLEE EX-OFFICIO BOARDMEMBER/CHAIR): BOARD OF REGENTS/DIRECTORS( ANY!!!/ALL!!!); PRESIDENT MICHAEL YOUNG, PROVOST MARY ANN CUCCE; POLICE-CHIEF JOHN VINSON; ANY/ALL DEANS; ANY/ALL DEPARTMENTS CHAIRS;DIRECTOR & "INVESTIGATORS", WASHINGTON STATE HUMAN-RIGHTS COMMISSION!!! P U R P O S E L Y C H I C A N E R Y VIS-À-VIS BOTH LANDSLIDE-DANGERS ALONG THESE COAL-TRAIN-ROUTES!!! AND THE ONGOING/NEVERENDING HORRORS OF HANFORD!!! TRY TO CONTACT DR. JANIS WIGNALL [CELL-#: (206) 683-7131; WIGNALLJ@EARTHLINK.NET] WHO LIVES IN NORTH-BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD OF WEST-BALLARD IN NORTHWEST-SEATTLE ANDMIGHT BOTH GIVE YOU HER/THEIR OPINIONS AND CONTACTS TO ANTI-COAL-TRAIN ENVIRONMENTALISTS NOW BECOMING ANTI-INSLEE (AKA “IS-A-LIE”!!!) WHO LIES THROUGH HIS TEETH ABOUT THE LANDSLIDE, THE COAL-TRAINS, HANFORD, AND JUST ABOUT IT SEEMS ANYTHING/EVERYTHING ELSE!!!
    INSLIE’S (AKA “IS-A-LIE”’S) CHRIS CHRISTY-LIKE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY WITH THEMSELVES, OTHERS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS!!!

  • (DR.) EDWARD SIEGEL

    SIEGEL PROPRIETARY[FOR: CONSULTING!; LICENSING!!; SALE!!!]
    FLYING-WATER FOR DROUGHT-PARCHED:CA./NV./SW./WORLD!!!
    O N L Y VIA ARCHIMEDES-SIEGEL[1957; 1977;1979;3RD INTL.CONF.ALT.-ENERGY(1980)-T. NIHAT VEZIROGLU ED.,HEMISPHERE/SPRINGER (1980) – VOLUME=5!!!/PAGE=495!!!; "WHITE-PAPER":PRITZKER-PRIZE,SD-FDN.(KELLY, CEO): RE.:1999-WATER;2000-ENERGY; IDENTICAL!!!-PROPOSALS OF DRS. EDWARD SIEGEL AND MARV LYONS }: "FLYING-WATER"

  • (DR.) EDWARD SIEGEL

    AKA O N L Y H Y D R O G E N IS/CAN BE "FLYING-WATER" AKA "HINDENBERG-EFFECT" AKA "MAKING NEW-WATER IN NEW-(ARRID)-PLACES THROUGH CHEMISTRY&PHYSICS(ARCHIMEDES' BUOYANCY) AKA "H2-UP;H2O-DOWN”
    AKA "CHEMICAL-RAIN-IN-PIPELINES" AKA 'HYDRO-GEN'=(REVERSED)=''GEN-HYDRO' AKA "LUFT-AQUA" AKA WEATHER MINUS HEAVY MIDDLEMAN ([O]/[H2O]=[16]/[18]=[8]/[9] ~90%!!!) O2"

  • (DR.) EDWARD SIEGEL

    AKA
    "FOUR CLASSIC GREEK 'ELEMENTS':EARTH,AIR,FIRE,&WATER" AKA EARTH [GEO MORPHOLOGY] AKA: DOWN VERSUS UP; (VIA ARCHIMEDES' BUOYANCY!!!): {&THEN REVERSAL(!!!)} [NOT "PUSH-HANDS" BUT “AIR”- "PUSH": HYDROGEN-UP & GRAVITY “PULL” WATER-DOWN!!!]: UP VERSUS DOWN]; (VIA NEWTON'S-THIRD-LAW: F = ma; m = MASS OF WATER RE-MADE UPHILL!!!)]; AIR[HYDROGEN-UP DISPLACING HEAVY(IER) "WORKING-FLUID"];FIRE[BREAKING SEA-H2O CHEMICAL-BOND AT SEASIDE]; & WATER[H2O-DOWN]" AKA TERRA-FORMING/GEO-ENGINEERING (SIEGEL[1957;1977; 1979] SOURCE OF"HOLDREN" POLICY-WONKISM): FIRST terra-forming geoengineering
    Siegel [3rd International Conference on Alternative-Energy, Bal Harbor(1980)-T.
    Nihat Verziroglu editor[Founder/Director, Hydrogen Energy Institute, Miami University]
    Hemisphere/Springer (1980) -vol.5!!!/p.459!!!] "FLYING-WATER"
    Hindenberg-effect (H2-UP;H2O-DOWN) “chemical-rain-in-pipelines/pipes/tubes” via
    Hydrogen-MAXIMAL-Archimedes-buoyancy ONLY via Siegel
    DIFFUSIVE-MAGNETO-RESISTANCE(D-MR) proprietary "MAGNETIC-HYDROGEN-VALVE"(MHV)/
    “MAGNETIC-HYDROGEN-SWITCH”(MHS):

  • (DR.) EDWARD SIEGEL

    Renewables-Hydrogen-Water flexible
    versatile agile scaleable retrofitable integrated operating-system for
    acidifying-oceans RE-BASEIFICATION, wildfires-mitigation, and PERMANENT
    drought(s)-elimination FOREVER!!! Proton/Hydrogen-ion
    Diffusive-Magnetoresistance(DMR) of Siegel[APS March-Meetings(1970s)] based
    upon Siegel [International Conference on Magnetic-Alloys and Oxides
    ("ICMAO"), The Technion, Haifa, Israel(1977); Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (JMMM) 7, 312 (1978)] FIRST experimental-discovery of GMR and FIRST theoretical prediction of colossal-magnetoresistance(CMR)[Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials(JMMM) 7, 338 (1978)], facilitates “MAKING NEW-WATER in NEW-(ARRID!!!)-PLACES” production in global-warming exacerbated dry arid/semi-arid regions: Only HYDROGEN is/can be "FLYING-WATER"!!!(aka "chemical-rain-in-pipelines/pipes/tubes").Four classic Greek elements: EARTH(gravitational-potential altitude-differences) + AIR(cheap heavy
    readily-available displacer ( ~ 75% N2) of lightest-element hydrogen) + FIRE(to
    break oceans’ seawater H-O chemical-bond: H2O = H2 + O2; BUT INefficient
    oceans’ seawater: solar-photolysis/electrolysis COULD (H2O = H^(+) + OH^(-) =
    LESS H2 +MORE OH^(-) LIBERATING HYDROXIDE-ANIONS pH-increasing for
    global-warmingexacerbated acidifying-oceans’ RE-BASEIFICATION) + WATER!!!
    (desired end-product: “MAKING “NEW WATER in NEW-(ARRID!!!)-PLACES”).

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