Two people are confirmed dead after a Saturday morning landslide in Washington.
Six other people, including a 6-month-old infant, were injured, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.
The landslide occurred about 10:45 a.m., PST on Washington Route 530 between Arlington and Darrington, Wash., and destroyed at least six homes.
It has been officially confirmed that we have two fatalities at the #530slide, id of the victims pending from the Medical Examiner— Snohomish Sheriff (@SnoCoSheriff) March 22, 2014
The cause of the slide is believed to be ground water saturation from heavy rainfall in the area previously this month, sheriff's officials said.
"It sounds very realistic with all the rain earlier in the month. There hasn't been much precipitation in the last few days," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.
The slide cut off the City of Darrington and blocked the North Fork of the Sillaguamish River. It was first reported to be at least 45 yards wide and 60 yards across.
The blockage at the Sillaquamish River has concerned sheriff's officials because of the threat of high impact, downstream flooding once the blockage is gone, according to the department's Twitter feed.
@GenerationJP2 there are reports of people walking in what is now a dry river bed "downstream" from the slide. This is VERY dangerous.— Snohomish Sheriff (@SnoCoSheriff) March 22, 2014
State, federal and county agencies responded to the scene.