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Authorities: No exact number of missing from mudslide

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Authorities say they still don't know how many people remain missing from a deadly Washington state mudslide.

A list released earlier Monday contained the names of 108 people who have been reported missing or unaccounted for. At least 14 people have died. Officials say they are still culling through multiple reports of people who may have lived or worked in the area.

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said late Monday that officials were working off a potential list of 176 people, but he stressed that authorities believed that included many duplicate names.

Pennington said earlier Monday the list of names did not mean there were108 injuries or fatalities. But he said it's the consolidated list of reported missing from various sources that authorities are working from.

Pennington says the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home.

At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.

Piles of mud are still 60 feet deep in some areas, making it difficult for rescue teams to get through.

Governor Jay Inslee visited the the scene Sunday and called the devastation overwhelming.

Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots says there are no signs of life coming from the site.

Hots says the mud is "like quicksand," making it difficult to search all areas of the site. Still, he says crews are in search and rescue mode, not a recovery mode.

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 yesterday, easing fears of major flooding. A flash flood watch remained in effect through Monday afternoon.

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