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Tsunami-Like Mudslide Devastates a Rural County In Washington State: How to Help

A rural town 55 miles from Seattle in Washington State was hit by deadly mudslides over the weekend.  Relief operations for survivors are getting underway as rescuers search for 108 residents reported missing.



At least 8 people have died as a result of devastating mudslides in a rural area in Washington State, while 108 have been reported missing.  


Heavy rains brought down the side of a hill facing the Stillaguamish river, stopping the flow of the river to create a mile-wide "tsunami-like" mudslide that destroyed nearly 50 homes early on Saturday morning.  A long stretch of Highway 530 was covered with at least 20 feet of mud.




What Can A Mudslide Do?


Check out this video of the aftermath of the mudslide in Washington State. 


This video, taken in 2012 right as a mudslide reached the shoreline in British Columbia, shows just how fast and deadly a mudslide can be:




Washington State Governor Jay Inslee flew over the devastated area, describing it as  “unrelenting and awesome. There is no stick standing in the path of the slide.”  


The Governor added, “But there is another powerful force of nature, and that is empathy and compassion.”


What You Can Do


As rescuers continue to search for survivors, check out the Mudslide Info and Relief page on Facebook for the latest news and requests for help and supplies. 


According to reports on the page, blankets, food and clothing are being collected for victims of the mudslide at Cascade Valley Hospital


The Red Cross is running a shelter at the The Darrington Community Center, where the agency reports that more than 30 people stayed throughout the weekend, and dozens more have visited for information and meals.   You can donate to the Red Cross here, or text "RedCross" to 90999 to make $10 donation.  The Center is also in need of donations to fix its roof.


The Darrington Fire Station and Post Middle School are both posting and collecting information about missing loved ones, while Post Middle School is supplying relief items such as water.