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Wash. town devastated by mudslide

Oso, Wash. (AP) -- Rescue crews in Washington state were still working early Monday morning amid fading hope of finding any survivors in the debris from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people.

Their spirits had been raised late Saturday night when they heard voices calling for help. But by yesterday, there were no sounds and five bodies were found.

A number of people are still missing.

The 1-square-mile slide also critically injured several people, including an infant, and destroyed about 30 houses in what neighbors described as a former fishing village of small homes about 55 miles north of Seattle.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground made unstable by recent heavy rainfall.

The slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, but water began trickling downstream Sunday, easing fears of major flooding. A flash flood watch remains in effect through Monday afternoon.

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Washington Times