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Avalanche Destroys Missoula Home, Three People Rescued

William Marcus

A child and an elderly couple have been rescued after being buried in an avalanche in the lower Rattlesnake area of Missoula. The afternoon slide destroyed at least one house on Harrison street. 

Missoula police Sgt. Travis Welsh says the three people were found alive, dug out separately after the slide and taken by ambulance to St. Patrick hospital. Welch says they believe everyone is now accounted for but search teams with dogs continue to check the area.

Authorities continue to evaluate the danger of further snow slides and whether any evacuations will  be necessary.

The Red Cross has meanwhile set up aid at the First Baptist church on Pine street for any people displaced by the slide.

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.
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