Colorado sending 16 National Guard members to Washington to help in search after mudslide

DENVER - Colorado is sending 16 National Guard members to help in the aftermath of a massive mudslide in Washington State.

At least 26 people are known to have been killed in Saturday's mudslide, but officials warned that total was likely to rise.

Ninety people are still on the list of those who are unaccounted for.

Governor John Hickenlooper authorized the assistance from Colorado with an executive order announced Friday.

"Also sending our thoughts and prayers," he added in a tweet.

At this point, digging is the only method being used to narrow the list of the missing. Emergency officials say they have stopped conducting door-to-door searches or calling relatives in hopes of locating people who haven't checked in yet.

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