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WATER TRAPPED BY MUD
Volcano could cause flooding
From APand UPI Mud and debris from the convulsion vices said, "There's maybe some much smaller volumes than the two
JVER, Wash. - Geologists that blew 1,300 feet off the top of Mount leaving, but no big movement of days before.
,000 residents of two small St. Helens formed a dam at the outlet of people." "There will be intermittent spouting
erday that a lake of water Spirit Lake, trapping two square miles COWLITZ COUNTY Sheriff Les for days or weeks in my opinion," he
mud and debris from erup- of water 200 feet deep. Nelson said any point in Kelso and added.
it St. Helens could come CRANDELL SAID a spill over the Longview is within two miles of high Rescuers in 15 helicopters carried 123
down the mountain at any dam on the volcano's north side was ground, so people should be able to flee people out of the immediate area of the
"imminent" and a wall of water could to safety with relative ease. volcano Sunday after the blast, said
ng to happen," said Dwight be released down the Toutle River, Nelson said an evacuation urged Ben Dew, state emergency services
a geologist for the U.S. threatening Interstate 5 and Kelso and Monday night for parts of Castle Rock, spokesman. He said that on Monday 15
Survey. Longview, 40 miles away. Toutle, Lexington, and Silver Lake was people were rescued and that the
REAT raised fears of ad- The water will move at 30 mph, precautionary but not mandatory. helicopters went back Tuesday on "an
sualties from the volcano's giving people time to flee, he said. AS FOR MORE eruptions from the organized, gridded search" for more
ion Sunday, which so far has Mud flows could go all the way to the volcano, Crandell said, "There is no in- survivors.
ed death toll of eight with Cowlitz River, he added. dication that another eruption is im- The fine, abrasive ash, ranging up to
people reported missing. .However, no evacuations of the two minent.
sing figure was up cities were ordered and a spokeswoman Crandell said the volcano vented sven incdes de intomeb ars
f th it t E r n t dh td disabled hundreds of automobiles.
dramatically following a new survey by
"You're talking about a very large
volume of water; an additional volume
approaching 300 million cubic meters,"
"Our primary concern is what will
happen when this water spills over the
dam, which is very loose and unstable.
We could have mud-flows into the
valley as large or larger than Sunday."
FOREST FIRES that have consumed
50,000 acres burned unchecked through
the wilderness around the volcano.
An awesome cloud of powdery ash
released by Sunday's explosive erup-
tion had drifted across the Mississippi
River into the eastern United States by
yesterday, disrupting travel in several
states along the way.
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A MASSIVE LOGJAM blocks the Toutle River about 25 miles from Mount St. Helens yesterday. Flash floods and mud-
slides have caused debris to back up in the river after violent eruptions shook the volcano.
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Cuba may turn down
Carter's airlift offer
KEY WEST, Fla. (UPI) - Although More than 740 boats still remained at
Fidel Castro has not officially respon- Mariel waiting to bring refugees to the
ded, Cuba yesterday appeared ready to U.S., Cuban officials said.
reject President Carter's offer to Radio Havana, in a broadcast
provide a sealift or airlift for a more monitored in Miami yesterday mor-
orderly exodus of refugees from the ning, said the Carter exodus proposal
Caribbean island nation. "does not look probable."
Today marks the end of the first mon- In a commentary on Carter's
th of the ragtag sealift run by Cuban proposal, it said American officials had
exiles that has so far brought nearly "distributed applications in Florida to
65,000 refugees to freedom in the United calm the people by offering to allow
States since the operation began April relatives to travel to the United States
21. Yesterday, 2,790 refugees had by other routes. Hut these routes are
arrived by midday aboard 45 boats. not in existence, and it does not look
THE COAST Guard reported almost probable that such travel will be
250 boats were on their way to Key possible.
West. Officers also said eight vessels, in "The technical operation in this
open defiance of the president's order regard is more difficult than reaching
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