(KOMO/NBC News) – Two more bodies have been pulled from the rubble after Saturday’s landslide in rural Washington state. That means there are now up to 24 fatalities. Slowly but surely, rescuers are moving from search and rescue to recovery.
Rescuers in Snohomish County, Washington feverishly comb through debris from this weekend’s mudslide.
No one has been found alive since Saturday
“When I pictured this slide I pictured vehicles parked there and if somebody was in their vehicle, when the mudslide came on, we’d just dig through the mud and pull them out of their car and they’d be okay,” said Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots. “What we’re finding is these vehicles are twisted and tore up into like pieces.”
Residents of the area, visibly shaken, but no less determined, help in the recovery efforts.
Don Young said, “We’re just trying to help any way we can. They’re our neighbors. It’s important to help. It’s a close community. Everyone is doing what they can.”
This man’s property sits right on the edge of the devastation. Rescue workers must pass through it to get to the neighborhoods that were completely wiped out.
He and his wife salvage what they can from the rubble.
Elaine Young said, “As we come across mementos and things of personal nature we’re putting them in, picking them up and collecting them. We’re just going to take them up to the community center in Darrington so that people that have lost everything, maybe they can have a wedding photo or a family bible or something from their home.”
An out pouring of support both locally and across the nation, but officials say they can no longer handle the amount of volunteers.
As the rescue shifts to a recovery, many still wait, hoping for good news but understand as time goes on, the likelihood of finding anyone alive dwindles.