UPDATE: Death toll climbs to 14 in Washington mudslide

BY Joshua Barajas  March 24, 2014 at 7:52 PM EST

A  temporary Red Cross shelter was opened in Darrington, Washington after a massive mudslide killed at least 8 on Sunday. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

A temporary Red Cross shelter was opened in Darrington, Wash., after a massive mudslide killed at least eight on Sunday. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images


Updated 7:52 p.m. EDT, March 24 | Snohomish County reported Monday afternoon on its official Twitter account that the death toll rose to 14 in the Washington landslide.

Updated 12:30 p.m. EDT, March 24 | Authorities said in a news conference Monday that they have a consolidated list of 108 names that are unaccounted for or missing after the Washington landslide. They added that the list does not account for overlap and does not mean that there are 108 injuries or fatalities.

Although the search operation has expanded, “the situation is very grim” for finding additional survivors, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said during the conference.

“We’re still holding out hope that we’re going to be able to find people that may still be alive,” Hots said, “but keep in mind we have not found anybody alive on this pile since Saturday in the initial stages of our operation.”

11:30 a.m. EDT, March 24 | At least eight are confirmed dead with more than a dozen still missing from Saturday’s 1-square-mile mudslide that devastated a small riverside community 55 miles north of Seattle, authorities said late Sunday.

Emergency responders found a body Sunday morning in the debris field, after three people were confirmed dead on Saturday. Snohomish County authorities confirmed four more deaths at a community meeting Sunday, bringing the total to eight.

“We didn’t see or hear any signs of life out there today,” Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire Districts 21 and 22, said at the Sunday meeting.

Video by Associated Press

The mudslide demolished 30 homes in the rural town of Oso, Wash., Seattle Times reports, and covered a mile of Highway 530. Officials have blamed heavy rainfall for the mudslide.

Officials also lifted an evacuation order Sunday, after concerns of downstream flooding were allayed.