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Saturday September 5th, 2015 12:24PM

More victims found on east side of mudslide

By The Associated Press
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Crews searching through the muck and devastation wrought by Washington's deadly mudslide are finding more human remains on the east side of the slide, near the town of Darrington.

Steve Harris, a division supervisor for the search effort, said Monday that search teams are learning more about the force of the March 22 slide, and that is helping them better locate victims in a debris field that is 70 feet deep in places.

"There's a tremendous amount of force and energy behind this," Harris said of the slide. He didn't provide further details.

Harris said search dogs are the primary tool for finding remains in the small, mountainside community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. He said searchers are finding human remains four to six times per day.

The number of confirmed dead was 21, and 30 more remain missing. The death toll is slowly increasing each day, as the medical examiner identifies more fatalities.

"It's very difficult to make identifications in some of the finds," he said.

A makeshift road completed over the weekend links one side of the 300-acre debris field to the other.

Searchers have had to contend with treacherous conditions, including household chemicals, septic tanks, gasoline and propane containers. When rescuers and dogs leave the site, they are hosed off by hazardous materials crews.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday asked President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses.

Last week, a federal emergency declaration was approved that provided a federal disaster team and specialized personnel to the slide area.

Also Monday, members of the Seattle Seahawks football team and Seattle Sounders soccer team were scheduled to visit with community members in the evening.
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