Number of Missing & Death Toll Rising in Washington State Landslide

Published 03/26 2014 02:03PM

Updated 03/26 2014 02:12PM

Officials say the number of missing or unaccounted for from this weekend's landslide in Washington State is rising and the death toll stands at 14 but that number is expected to go up.

The mission in this rural Washington State town appears to shift from a frantic rescue operation to a brutal recovery effort.

It's been days since any survivors have been found after a massive mudslide wiped out an entire community.

"Yesterday I reported that we didn't find any signs of life and I'm saddened to tell you that is the case against today."

Family and friends of the missing gather at a local church and pray for a miracle as people from all over offer to help in any way they can.

"At this time, we're not accepting anymore volunteers here in Darrington.  Thank you so much for those who have come from near and far to volunteer.  We are working diligently to try and get the volunteers that are here today to actually deploy."

Teams from the National Guard and the Federal Government are on scene working with local and state authorities but conditions on the ground are tough.

Rescuers wade through mud and debris that some compare to the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.

"This is about a square mile that's under, you know 10-20-30 feet of slurry and dirt right now."

It may not get any better.  The nearby river is rising and rain is expected to fall over the area for the next few days.

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