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Kennewick Woman Among Missing In Snohomish County Landslide

Among the over 100 missing in the Snohomish County Landslide over the weekend is a Kennewick woman who moved there just last week. Among the over 100 missing in the Snohomish County Landslide over the weekend is a Kennewick woman who moved there just last week.

NBCRightNow.com – Among the over 100 missing in the Snohomish County Landslide over the weekend is a Kennewick woman who moved there just last week.

The search continues for victims and survivors after Saturday's mudslide in Snohomish County. Kennewick woman Amanda Lennick just moved to the area a week before according to friends we spoke with today. It is believed electricians, a plumber and a Dish Network technician were at her home working when the slide happened. We have left messages with her family to get the latest details that they are hearing.

So far there have been a total 108 reports of people missing after the one square-mile slide in a rural area near Oso, which is about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Investigators say that does not mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities. It is just a consolidated list of people who have been reported missing from various sources. After a request from Governor Jay Inslee, FEMA has set up resources as part of a limited federal emergency support response.

"It's about a mile long..probably a thousand feet wide. Probably an estimate of 15-million cubic yards of material. it's massive," explained Steve Thompson, the Director of Public Works in Snohomish County.

From beneath the feet and feet of quicksand-like mud, rescuers say they heard calls for help for over 12 hours the first night.  As they tried to reach the spot where homes used to stand those sounds became silence.

Along with the list of reports of missing people, there is a list of rescued, including a six-month-old baby.

"I want to know where my husband is. I need to know," pleaded Barbara Welsh whose husband is still missing.

Over 100 rescuers on the ground are actively searching for the missing. They are till hopeful that some of the survivors are just trapped and waiting.

"That road's a mile buried in a mile of this muck. There may be people that are in their cars," explained Chief Travis Hots from Snohomish County Fire.

The landslide has blocked portions of the Stillaguamish River. It is now trickling through that mud and as that water backs up, rescue teams need to be safe. At any moment another landslide could push through the region.

"We have to keep faith and our prayers and thoughts with these individual families who have been affected," said Senator Maria Cantwell (D) of Washington.

Locals and rescue crews from the region are saying they have seen landslides, but nothing like this. In both 1969 and 2006 two of the biggest landslides affected that region. Before this one, locals say they had never seen anything so big and so tragic.

"It's slid a couple times in my life, but never nothing like this," said Tad Merritt who lives in the area.

If you want to know if a friend or loved one is safe, the Red Cross has a tool on their site.  You can search their Safe & Well register with a name and address or phone number of the possible missing person here: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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