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Death Toll Rises To 36 In Washington Mudslide

The number of people missing has been reduced to 10, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.

Posted on April 1, 2014, at 7:23 a.m. ET

Updated — April 9, 7:06 p.m. ET:

The number of confirmed deaths in the massive Washington state mudslide has risen to 36 on Wednesday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office.

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The financial losses have now surpassed $10 million, and Governor Jay Inslee has asked the federal government for further assistance, seeking a "major disaster declaration" for Snohomish County.

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"There's been an exhaustive effort by the detectives to narrow the list down to one that they feel comfortable releasing," said Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson on Monday.

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"We want to do all we can to find them and put some closure in place for their families," said Haakesnon.

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The debris field is treacherous and vast, covering nearly a square mile with some areas reaching a depth of 70 feet.

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Crews, using specially trained dogs, have been finding human remains. Most of the remains are partial, making the identification process long and difficult.

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Making matters worse for the hundreds of rescue and recovery workers, the sludge they're wading through — often up to their armpits — is a potentially toxic brew of chemicals.

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Sewage, propane, and other household chemicals were all swept up in the mudslide.

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"We're worried about dysentery, we're worried about tetanus, we're worried about contamination," said Lieutenant Richard Burke from nearby Bellevue Fire Department.

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Rain has made search conditions even more difficult.

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