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Weekend rain could make Oso search tough

 

Credit: Washington National Guard

The number of people confirmed killed in the Oso landslide remained at 30 Friday morning, but Snohomish County medical examiners have identified another one of the victims. The name of the 28th identified victim was not immediately released.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the number of people listed as missing in the March 22 slide rose from 15 to 17.

The return of rain is a concern for searchers again heading into the weekend. About an inch of rain is forecast for the area, which could cause the North Fork of the Stillaguamish river to rise.

The rain and rising river complicate recovery work in the debris field and add to the flooding caused when the landslide partially blocked the river. Melting mountain snow from rising temperatures also may cause the river to rise.

Warmer, drier weather across Washington is expected for early next week.

by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

 

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