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Mar 22, 2014 5:27 PM by Associated Press -- Posted by Zach Thaxton

2 dead as mile-long mudslide near Seattle sweeps away homes

SEATTLE (AP) - Snohomish County authorities say a massive landslide in Washington state has killed two people, injured six others and destroyed at least six houses.

An estimated mile-long slide of dirt, trees, rocks and other debris hit just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton says a 6-month-old infant was among those injured.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground water saturation from recent heavy rainfall.

The landslide has completely blocked State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

Also blocked is the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which is expected to cause flooding in the area.

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