Hopes are fading north of Seattle where a massive mudslide has claimed at least eight lives. Search and rescue teams had some optimism late Saturday night when they said they heard voices calling for help from the wreckage, but dangerous conditions forced the rescuers to turn back as darkness set in. By Sunday morning, no sounds were coming from the same area.
Seattle's KCPQ-TV reports that more bodies were discovered in the mudslide area late Sunday, but at least 18 people were still unaccounted for.
The 1-square-mile mudslide destroyed approximately 30 homes, and officials described the scene as a "big wall of mud and debris," blocking about a mile of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, approximately 55 miles north of Seattle.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee described the scene as a "square mile of total devastation" after surveying the site by air on Sunday.