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Sheriff: Three killed in mudslide

on March 23, 2014 1:20 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — A massive landslide of mud, trees and rocks in rural Washington killed three people on Saturday, critically injured an infant and several others, and destroyed six houses, authorities said.

The slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which prompted an evacuation notice because water was rising rapidly behind the debris.

Authorities worried about severe downstream flooding if water suddenly broke through the blockage.

The landslide also covered State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

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