ARLINGTON, Wash. — A huge landslide that roared down from a rain-saturated mountain slope near here,
leaving eight people dead and at least 18 others missing, remained a site of both devastation and
continued extreme danger on Sunday, state and local officials said.
The slide, about a square mile in size, reduced homes to shattered fragments in seconds, buried a state
highway and dammed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, posing flood risks up- and downstream.
But the rescue effort quickly also became a scene of havoc, with some emergency workers sinking up
to their armpits in the slurry-like mud and requiring rescue themes as they were pulled out with ropes.