Fire Chief: Expect Updates for Snohomish County Mudslide Friday Afternoon
The Snohomish County Fire Chief says he hopes to have more updates about the death toll and aftermath of the Oso mudslide by Friday afternoon.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA - The Snohomish County Fire Chief says he hopes to have more updates about the death toll and aftermath of the Oso mudslide by Friday night.
Chief Travis Hots said there were no major developments in the search and rescue efforts from Thursday night into Friday morning.
Hots says right now, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner is confirming 17 people have died in the mudslide. Hots says other bodies have been found, but they are not yet included in that number. He says the medical examiner won't confirm any other deaths until the bodies have been identified.
Chief Hots says at Friday afternoon there may be an update to the number of people who have died. He says the medical examiner plans to release new information around 6:00pm.
At last check, authorities say there are 90 people missing. Some responders say they're worried some of those people won't be recovered.
Hots says some of the wet mud is starting to become like concrete, and the rainy and windy weather conditions are working against the first responders. Some have been there since the mudslide happened, exhausting them physically, mentally and emotionally.
Chief Hots says new geologists are on the scene in Oso on Friday. They're working as a new set of eyes to make sure there are no more risks of mudslides in the area.
Snohomish County Emergency Management Services is holding community meetings for the people in Darrington, affected by the mudslide. Hots says 400 people showed up to the first one.