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Wet Weather Slows Search In Oso

Spc. Matthew Sissel, 122D PAOC
Washington National Guard
Washington Air National Guardsmen methodically make their way through the mud and wreckage left behind by Saturday's mudslide in Oso, Wash.

More wet weather Friday made for more slow-going in Oso as crews continue to search through the wreckage after last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

Seventeen people are dead and dozens more are missing.

Snohomish County Fire battalion chief Steve Mason says it’s not only the mud that makes the delicate search through debris difficult:

“All this trees and everything, and all the dirt, all came down the mountain. And it’s kind of like a fiberglass. You’ve got the trees infused with the mud, with the homeowners’ stuff, with everything, it’s all infused together.”

County officials say they’ve been overwhelmed with contributions to the rescue and relief efforts. Now they’re only accepting cash donations.

Leaders of the Snoqualmie Tribe announced Friday afternoon they were donating $150,000 to three fire departments in the area.