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Mudslide: 911 Callers Ranged From Calm To Frantic

SEATTLE (AP) — Audio recordings of 911 calls made in the moments after a massive, deadly mudslide struck the tiny Washington state town of Oso ranged from a frantic woman who reported people screaming for help to a caller who described her amazement that the landslide had pushed a house all the way across a highway.

Search crews using dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands are slogging through the mess of broken wood and mud as the death toll continues to climb from Saturday’s mudslide about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Many callers sound calm as they report on the “massive landslide” and that people were trapped underneath homes that had been reduced to rubble.

One female caller reported flooding, downed power lines and a complete blockage of State Route 530.

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