Tuesday's rain turned the mud covering Oso, Wash. into a virtual quicksand, placing further strain on rescue efforts
An aerial view of the Stillaguamish River two days after a wall of mud came cascading down a mountain slope Saturday onto the tiny community of Oso. The mudslide was prompted by heavy rains that have saturated western Washington state in the past two months. The local terrain – glacial sediments, deposited more than 12,000 years ago, with steep bluffs carved by snow-fed rivers – created the setting in which that precipitation could percolate down.
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Rescue workers search through mucky rubble on Tuesday with hope dwindling of finding any more survivors from among scores of people still missing.
The Oso Community Chapel’s sign speaks for the tiny village that has been devastated by the mudslide: ‘Pray with us for our community.’
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A child’s bicycle is seen amid the destruction caused by the mudslide. The rural area is located about 90 kilometres northeast of Seattle.
Andrea Hulme, whose parents are missing after the mudslide, told The New York Times on Tuesday: ‘I’m not capable of saying they are dead right now. They could be dead – but I’m not going to think that until I’m shown they are dead. I just don’t think we should give up hope, because it’s possible they’re out there.‘