Yakima Red Cross Helping Mudslide Victims
Authorities say there are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Snohomish County. Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says that doesn't mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities, but he says it's the consolidated list of reported missing from various sources that authorities are working from. "Part of the challenges we face is whether or not the homes were occupied full time, vacation homes. What we do know is that it was Saturday, and it was probably a higher number than we'd see on a weekday."
At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.
The Yakima Office of the American Red Cross is helping in the search and rescue. Lisa Rhinehart Kapuza, the Executive Director of the Yakima Red Cross Office says the best way for local citizens to help out is by donating cash, "so that were able to have the resources available to purchase things that they need, we're sheltering, we're helping out with clean-up kits and we're helping out the first responders."
If you would like to give you can stop by the local red cross office at 302 South Second Street or you can donate online at Red Cross.org. or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.