Fourteen Dead, Possibly 200 Missing in Washington Mudslide; Lefty Ghouls Blame So-Called Climate Change

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 at 8:03 am

This is just awful.

As the search for survivors of a destructive Washington state mudslide ballooned Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for, the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through a rural community rose to at least 14.

In the struggle to find loved ones, family members and neighbors used chain saws and their bare hands to dig through wreckage that was tangled by the mud into broken piles.

Late Monday, the list of potentially missing people topped 176 following the disaster Saturday about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. But Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington stressed that authorities believed the number included many duplicate names.

“The 176, I believe very strongly is not a number we’re going to see in fatalities. I believe it’s going to drop dramatically,” he said.

The number of those possibly missing grew dramatically from an estimated 108 earlier Monday. But Pennington said the list was compiled from information provided by the public, and officials were trying to cross off reports that likely described the same person. The list included construction workers who were working in the area and people just driving by.

The lack of definitive information two days after the massive slide destroyed a cluster of homes at the bottom of a river valley ratcheted up anxieties.

“The situation is very grim,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said, stressing that authorities are still in rescue mode and are holding out hope. But he noted: “We have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday.”

Meanwhile the leftist ghouls raced to politicize this tragic event. Yes, really. The actual headline from crank lefty site Slate:

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides More Common

You can make this stuff up. Actually, they do.



5 Responses to “Fourteen Dead, Possibly 200 Missing in Washington Mudslide; Lefty Ghouls Blame So-Called Climate Change”

  1. EBL on 25/25/14 at 10:17 am

    Well they are technically right. It is the result of global warming about 11,000 years ago when the glaciers retreated from Washington. The unstable slopes left behind of glacial till have eroded since then.

  2. Alberta Oil Peon on 25/25/14 at 10:53 am

    Agree with BBL. If one studies aerial photos of these valleys, he can find landforms that are the result of ancient landslides. Such landforms are very common.

    It’s sad that people lost their lives, but sometimes, shit just happens. The Earth is a dynamic place, and some parts of it are less safe to inhabit than others.

  3. Buffalobob on 25/25/14 at 1:11 pm

    Progs is funny. Yesterday Bob Beckel posed the question, wondering if deforestation was the cause.

  4. Pajamas and Hot Cocoa on 25/25/14 at 2:11 pm

    When dear leader messiah is done lowering the ocean levels and smiting that big fabulous bully Putin he will reverse the mudslide.

  5. Soviet of Washington on 25/25/14 at 4:11 pm

    Since I live about 25 miles away, I’ll comment that EBL is exactly right.

    The whole Puget Sound basin was under 2000-3000 ft of ice during the last ice age(s). Due to the glaciers, these soils are composed of layers of varying sediments. Some of them are relatively impermeable to water. While this winter has been average or below average in rainfall, March has been very wet (200% normal). Water percolates down until it hits one of these impermeable layers, then flows underneath the soil, pushing it apart and lubricating it. Then gravity happens.

    We have landslides most every year (e.g. along the bluffs between Seattle and Everett). Generally, due to being right on the sound all these do is block the BNSF mainline. Others just have a few houses take a ride partway downhill. Had big one on Whidbey Island last year. This one was on the large end of the scale, and had housing directly in the path (this specific hill has had ‘minor’ landslides several times in the previous 3-4 decades), hence the deaths.

    A good question whether building should have been allowed there, but almost no part of Pugetopolis is without some geologic risk of one kind or another (earthquakes [amplified shaking/liquefaction/tsunami], Mt. Rainer lahars [which have reached as far as the Sound in the post-ice-age past], river flooding, etc.). Blaming logging, climate change, etc. is just the liberal’s easy out.