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Update on Wash. mudslide

ARLINGTON, Wash. (WKRC) -- Rescue crews spent the night searching for more survivors from a deadly landslide near Arlington, Washington. More than 100 people are trying to rescue those who may still be trapped.

Investigators say people could be heard yelling for help. Eight people have already been confirmed dead and 18 are missing from the massive landslide of mud, trees and rocks that happened Saturday morning.

"I was coming down the hill. I just saw the darkness, like somebody want to grab you and everything was gone in like three seconds," says Paulo Falcao, a witness to the slide.

"This is bad enough that operation required that we go in and rescue one of the rescue teams," says one of the crew members. "Think back to what Mount St. Helen's and the Toutle River looked like and that's what were looking at."

Several people, including an infant were also critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed.

The Red Cross has had to take over a middle school to set up a shelter.

Crews combing through the aftermath thought they heard signs of life, but had to turn back for their own safety.

Rising water from a nearby river is adding to the danger.

The slide has blocked about a mile of state highway and destroyed at least 30 homes. Residents are urged to be on heightened alert and be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Besides state and local agencies, the U.S. Navy has also joined in the rescue effort.

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