Friday, December 15, 2017

More mudslide victims found as state seeks new aid

DARRINGTON, Wash. — Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.

In seeking additional federal help following one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Inslee said about 30 families need assistance with housing, along with personal and household goods. The estimated losses include nearly $7 million in structures and more than $3 million in their contents, Inslee's letter said.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday afternoon that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 17 of those have been positively identified. Previously, the official death toll was 21, with 15 victims identified.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office released a list Monday evening of 22 people believed missing after the March 22 mudslide that destroyed a rural mountainside community northeast of Seattle. That's down from the 30 people that officials had previously considered missing.

Inslee is also seeking federal help with funeral expenses for up to 48 people and mental health care programs for survivors, volunteers, community members and first responders.

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