Sounds of Life Heard From Washington State Mudslide Debris

Rescuers searching a Washington state community devastated by a deadly mudslide said Saturday night that they had heard signs of life coming from the debris and would continue searching even as the danger of flooding rose.

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This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the aftermath of a mudslide that moved a house with people inside onto a rural highway, killing at least three. (Credit: Washington State Patrol)

“We’ll be here all night long doing what we can to rescue people,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said.

Trenary, speaking at a televised news conference, did not specify what kinds of sounds had been detected. He said the search had been made difficult by the sheer devastation to the area about 40 miles north of Seattle. At least three people were killed and six homes destroyed.

“There’s nothing left in the area,” he said.

The mudslide hit about 10:45 a.m. Saturday near the community of Oso.

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