14 Dead in Washington Mudslide

Snohomish County, Washington 

A massive mudslide near the towns of Darrington and Oso has left 14 people dead and many others injured. The mudslide happened at around 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning on a mile stretch of State Route 530, roughly 55 miles outside of Seattle. Several people sustained critical injuries, roughly 30 homes were destroyed and 176 people are either missing or unaccounted for. 

 Photo from CNN.com
Among the missing are residents, construction workers and people passing through the area. The number of missing should go down as more people call in to update Snohomish County officials with information. Anyone who has reported someone missing on social media is encouraged to call Snohomish County officials in order to update their database on the missing. 

"The situation is very grim," said Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots. Authorities are still in rescue mode but Hots said they "have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday."

According to USA Today, the slide was likely caused by unstable ground after heavy rainfall recently hit the area. The National Weather Service said in the last 45 days, the area has received at least 15 inches more rainfall than usual.