WEAR - Search Results
Mudslide Lastest: Death toll at 14, 176 unaccounted for
WASHINGTON STATE -- At least 14 people are now confirmed dead and around 176 people are unaccounted for after the massive mudslide in a rural Washington State town.
The death toll is expected to climb higher as rescue crews make their way through the "destruction zone".
Unfortunately, with the forecast calling for rain, it looks like the weather may not cooperate with search efforts today.
ABC's Akiko Fujita is in Washington State with more on the situation.
"My heart is shattered into a million pieces"
Rae Smith faces the agony shared by so many here.
Searching for her 36 year old daughter - with few signs of hope.
"My daughter, my 16 year old, my adult son and his 2 young sons were down there digging with their hands trying to find any sign of her."
3 days after a hillside flattened this rural community - the reality is sinking in.
((John Pennington / Department of Emergency Management)) "Most of us in these communities don't believe we will not find any individuals alive. But I'm a man of faith and I believe in miracles]
The National Guard is now joining the massive effort teams using aircraft and sonar to search for survivors
((Travis Hots/Fire Chief)) "It's very tough to even search those buildings. They have been collapsed and compressed with all the material that has come down"
"There's like a mudslide and everything's gone? all the houses are gone"
Newly released 911 tapes illustrate the moment - that hillside collapsed.
Homeowners and drivers desperately trying to escape - as the wall of mud plowed through
911 call: "There are people yelling for help!"
The Kuntz Family lost their home - and a relative in the chaos.
But yesterday - they returned to find an unexpected gift.
"We were looking through all the rubble and heard the dog whining."
That dog - Buddy - muddy and weak but alive after days of searching.
"We had one thing we could celebrate after all the horror"