3rd UPDATE — Receding floodwaters at mudslide help with search for victims
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Rescue workers dig through a pile of debris marked with "PV" (Possible Victim) in the flooded areas on the east side of the massive mudslide along Highway 530 near Darrington on Saturday. , March 29, 2014. Marcus yam/The Seattle Times
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A flag flies at half-staff on a log Sunday with the slope of the massive Oso mudslide in the background.
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Firefighters carefully cross a pool of water, using a fallen tree as a path, at the west side of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 on Sunday, March 30.
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A rescue worker with his mudied work boots taped to his pants
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A search dog and its handlers at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Taken before the mudslide, this photo provided by parents Amanda Skorjanc and Ty Suddarth shows little Duke Suddarth asleep near a dog. The 5-month-old baby rescued from the Oso landslide was listed Sunday in serious condition but improving at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Rescue workers use chainsaws and other tools to dig through a tangle of trees and mud marked as having a possible victim of the Oso mudslide.
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A searcher walks through the scene of the mudslide.
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A basketball floats amid muck and debris left by the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington.
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Workers and volunteers observe a moment of silence outside of the Oso Fire Department at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, exactly one week after a fatal mudslide struck just east of the small community.
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Searchers pause for a moment of silence at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Searchers pause for a moment of silence at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Rescue workers continue to search the muck and debris left by the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington.
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A customer rests her hands on a tee-shirt for sale at an Arlington sporting goods store, with proceeds to be directed to victims of the deadly landslide.
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Members of the Air Force National Guard including Major Tawny Dotson, left, and Master Sgt. Chris Martin are assisting with search and rescue efforts at the Oso mudslide.
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A mangled vehicle sticks up amid debris pulled from the west site of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 on Friday.
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Workers help clear and sort the remains of houses at the west site of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 on Friday.
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A worker carries bags of personal belongings collected from debris at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Workers use heavy equipment to clear trees and other debris Thursday as the search continued for victims of the massive mudslide near Oso.
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Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering State Highway 530 on Thursday.
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Snohomish County Fire District 1 battalion chief Steve Mason speaks with the news media on Friday near the site of the deadly mudslide.
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Firefighters help unload publicly donated equipment to aid the search and rescue operations in the aftermath of the massive mudslide.
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This graphic uses a 2012 aerial photo to outline Saturday's mudslide and the houses it ruined. State Highway 530 and the Stillaguamish River also are shown. This graphic also can be accessed at www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/23/us/washington-mudslide.html
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A military helicopter flies Thursday, March 27, 2014, over mud and debris from the massive mudslide.
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A cross at the Oso Community Chapel is decorated with flowers in dedication to mudslide victims.
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Searchers work on a massive pile of debris on Thursday.
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A searcher walks through the area hit by the deadly mudslide.
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Searchers on Thursday work at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Darrington volunteer firefighters (from left) Jeff McClelland, Jan McClelland and Eric Finzimer embrace Wednesday after saying a prayer. The town's volunteer firefighters have been on searches in the mudslide zone since Saturday.
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A searcher tries to keep balance while walking through debris at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Searchers watch as a piece of heavy equipment slowly moves debris at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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Workers carrying hand tools walk into a debris area at the scene of the deadly mudslide.
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A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home.
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"We haven't lost hope that there's a possibility that we can find somebody alive in some pocket area," said Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots.
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Rescue workers remove one of a number of bodies from the wreckage of homes destroyed by a mudslide near Oso.
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Thick, oozing mud is cleared from States Highway 530 by workers using heavy equipment.
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A search and rescue worker clears debris from a house on the western edge of the massive mudslide.
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A volunteer arrives at the Oso Fire Department.
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The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, taken Monday near Oso.
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An aerial photo of the mudslide near the Snohomish County town of Oso.
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Brian Anderson, left, and Coby Young on Sunday search through the wreckage of a home belonging to the Kuntz family. The entire Kuntz family was at a baseball game Saturday morning when the mudslide swept through the area. The family returned Sunday to search through what remained.
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A woman holds family photos pulled from the rubble at the site of the mudslide.
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The orange X on a house destroyed in the mudslide indicates it has been searched by searchers.
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An aerial photo of Saturday's mudslide damage in rural Snohomish County near Oso.
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The huge mudslide in rural Snohomish County near Oso on Saturday.
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The huge mudslide in rural Snohomish County near Oso on Saturday.
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The huge mudslide in rural Snohomish County near Oso on Saturday.
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Robin Youngblood survived the landslide that destroyed her house next to the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. She is holding the only item that survived the disaster, a painting of a Cherokee warrior that was knocked from the wall and muddied. "It saved us." she said.
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A sign is placed to direct those in need to a Red Cross shelter at Post Middle School in Arlington.
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Neighbors gather at the Oso Fire Department to look for updates about the mudslide.
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Neighbors gather at the Oso Fire Department to look for updates about the mudslide.
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A woman collapses as neighbors gather at the Oso Fire Department to look for updates about the mudslide.
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A demolished house sits in the mud on State Highway 530 on Sunday, the day after the giant landslide occurred.
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Steve Skaglund walks across the rubble on the east side of Saturday's fatal mudslide.
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At Darrington High School, local residents reach out and pray with one another at a community prayer vigil for the victims and survivors of the massive mudslide.
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Workers comb through debri at the site of the deadly mudslide.
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Workers at the mudslide site before stopping for a moment of silence on Saturday
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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Port Angeles air station, piloted by 
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Geraghty and Lt. Jared Hylander, flies along the upper edge of the Oso mudslide on Monday. The helicopter flight was part of federal assistance in the continuing search-and-rescue operation.
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A member of the congregation at Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Darrington raises her hand as she sings during Sunday morning church services. Much of the music and speaking was devoted to reaction to the deadly mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso.
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A long-arm excavator Tuesday works the debris from the mudslide.
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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Port Angeles air station, piloted by 
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Geraghty and Lt. Jared Hylander, flies along the upper edge of the Oso mudslide on Monday. The helicopter flight was part of federal assistance in the continuing search-and-rescue operation.

By LISA BAUMANN
The Associated Press

EDITOR'S NOTE — A list with photos of known victims of the 300-acre mudslide near Oso — persons confirmed missing or dead by authorities or families — can be accessed at http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/local/victimsoftheosomudslide.html

Related story: "Snohomish County mudslide — how to donate to victims, how to report someone missing": http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140328/NEWS/303289959


DARRINGTON — Receding floodwaters at the site of the deadly mudslide at Oso were helping in the search for human remains by exposing more sites that can be examined, officials said Tuesday.

Officials also said the confirmed death toll from the March 22 slide has risen from 27 to 28. Twenty-two of those victims have been identified.

The latest names added to the list were Thom E. Satterlee, 65, Lon E. Slauson, 60, and Adam Farnes, 23.

All had blunt force injuries listed as the cause of death, the medical examiner's office said.

Satterlee and Slauson had been on the missing list, and officials Tuesday evening reduced their count of the number of people missing to 20 accordingly.

(SEE RELATED STORY TODAY — "Quilcene resident's brother confirmed dead after Oso mudslide; grandniece remains among missing" — http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140401/news/304019981 )

Search effort division supervisor Steve Harris said at a news briefing that more human remains were found Tuesday morning at least in part because of the receding water.

The massive mudslide dammed up the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, causing water to pool. Heavy rain last week added to the flooding.

"The water's been receding and exposing new areas and helping tremendously in search efforts," Harris said.

Harris also said based on what he's seen, an approximately 3-mile stretch of the main highway through Oso was entirely wiped out in the slide.

The wall of mud, trees and debris hit state Route 530 just east of the rural mountainside community.

"There's no highway left there," Harris said. "There's a lot of work to be done there before the highway can be reopened."

The two-lane road is a regular route for people from nearby mountain towns and for some Seattle-area residents who travel to the North Cascade Mountains for recreation.

Snohomish County and state transportation officials last week opened the Mountain Loop Highway, an alternate route between the towns of Darrington to Granite Falls that usually is closed during the winter by snow.

In an additional request for federal assistance Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said the mudslide and flooding has caused an estimated $32.1 million in damage, which includes $10 million in emergency measures such as helicopter rescue, shelter operations and recovery efforts.

The remaining $22 million is the state's best guess of what it will cost to remove all the debris, according to Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the Washington state military department.

The latest figures are in addition to the estimated $10 million in damage to homes and other belongings destroyed in the slide area. That number was included in a Monday letter seeking a federal major-disaster declaration.

"I expect the president will respond to my initial request quickly," Inslee said in a statement. "In the meantime we will continue our efforts to secure additional federal assistance."

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