Rescued woman describes surviving 'wall of mud'

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

An Oso woman, who was the first person rescued after the landslide on March 22, described what her experience was like. Robin Youngblood described hearing something strange, looking out her window and seeing a mountain of mud barreling down on her house.

"I've never heard anything like it before," Youngblood said. "I said, 'What the heck is that?'"

Youngblood said it took a moment to realize it a wall of mud was racing across the valley towards them.

"I said, 'Oh my god,' and then it hit us," said Youngblood. "I didn't see it hit us. It his us so fast."

She described how the house filled and she was covered by water and mud.

"I just remember thinking, 'OK creator, if this is it, I might as well relax' and I just let myself go limp," Youngblood said.

She said the roof of the house was ripped off, which may have saved their lives by keeping them from drowning as the house filled with water and mud.

"My house was matchsticks," said Youngblood. "There's nothing left."

Youngblood and rescuer Randy Fay embraced after meeting for the first time on Wednesday. Helicopter pilot Fay is the one who rescued Youngblood and her friend from the top of what was left from the roof.

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