Three members of the Cosumnes Fire Department have been deployed to assist in the recovery of bodies in that deadly mudslide in Washington state.

Captains Dan Quiggle, Darren Annear and Josh Freeman are members of the FEMA Task Force 7 and specially trained to assist in special rescue situations. They join dozens of other rescue crews from California already in Washington. The mudslide has claimed 30 lives so far. 

While the search for those missing in the mass of mud, trees, rocks, and other debris goes on in Washington, rain could further complicate what's already been an arduous search effort.

Workings are building berms with downed trees and mud form the debris pile to channel all the rain that's expected to hit the area for the next few days.

Incident Commander Richard Burke said they're trying to keep the search areas as dry as they can.

"Opening up a channel so we can manage the water that's supposed to show up.  We're supposed to have between 2.5-3 more inches of rain which will complicate things," Burke said.

The search for victims slows down in rain because the mud becomes too unstable and too dangerous to work in.

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