Kennewick woman among those missing in deadly mudslide

March 24, 2014 

A Kennewick woman is among those still missing following a deadly landslide in Snohomish County over the weekend.

Jamie Lennick told the Herald her daughter, Amanda, recently bought a house in the path of the massive landslide and is missing.

At least eight people are confirmed dead, and many more still unaccounted for after the slide destroyed homes Saturday between Darrington and Arlington, about 50 miles northeast of Seattle.

The square-mile slide -- which has been described as a “big wall of mud and debris” -- destroyed at least 30 homes, according to The Associated Press.

Jamie Lennick said the situation was too “devastating” to talk about and declined to comment any further.

The Seattle Times reports that three men were at Amanda Lennick’s house installing a hot water heater and a satellite dish when the slide hit. William Welsh, Stephen Neal and Steven Hadaway also were reported missing.

Amanda Lennick graduated from Kennewick High and earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Washington State University in 2006, according to Herald archives.

In 2005, she and fellow nursing students traveled to Lafayette, La., to provide assistance to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Amanda Lennick purchased 10 tickets at about $600 each on a credit card, hoping other money could be found to pay the bill. Her step of faith paid off when the nursing students visited morning services at several churches in the Tri-Cities to make appeals for support.

Officials in Snohomish County have said rescue efforts are difficult because of the quicksand-like mud that is 15 feet deep in some areas.

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