Victims of deadly California mudslides

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

"The focus is still on search and rescue; that's still our primary goal", Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said.

The drenching storm that triggered the disaster gave way to sunny skies, as hundreds of searchers carefully combed a messy landscape strewn with hazards.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", Jennifer Ramos said between sobs Friday as she spoke by phone from her home in Mexico. "The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream". He added: "We are still very much in active search and rescue mode". They used long-handled tools to search the muck in the painstaking task.

"I think that there are probably people that we have in our coroner's office that haven't been necessarily reported missing yet", Brown told Noozhawk.

"There are four juveniles on the list", Brown said.

He did not believe, he said Thursday, that there are 43 more dead to be discovered, or even a figure close to that.

The threat, when tourists stay away: "You just don't have the cash flow to continue", he said.

Over a 100 homes have been destroyed and around 300 damaged after walls of mud poured through affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline. The raging water and mud swamped homes, businesses and destroyed vehicles.

From an aerial view, the community that is home for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Bridges looked like two vastly different places. "Helicopters rescued some people who climbed onto the roofs of their homes to escape the torrent of water, and mud".

Now, we're hearing from that family as they share a message for the courageous group that saved them.

"That is why we have the canines to help us assist in those efforts to either sniff out or guide us to areas potentially that could have other people that need assistance and rescue".

Downed power lines wrapped around trees at one property, while elsewhere the lines dropped nearly to the ground.

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The cleanup was going on near where Weimer's missing parents, Jim and Alice Mitchell, lived. "We should have heeded the warning".

Asher's return to the scene, where murky water was knee-deep, turned up at least one gem: his wife's engagement ring, the only keepsake she wanted him to find.

Three days after evacuating, the couple had no idea if their house was still standing.

Gower loved to travel, she said. Together with the loss of vegetation, this leads to an increased risk of mudslides and floods.

The mudslides were part of an evolving natural disaster.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it". He woke to the sound of pounding rain early Tuesday and went outside to investigate.

Handout / Reuters Boulders block a road after a mudslide. The order covers about 10,000 residents, and officials said it could last "one to two weeks".

Farrell warned his parents inside, and within a minute, a boulder plowed through the kitchen door.

Among the dead were an elderly woman whose house was washed away by mud, the founder of a Roman Catholic school and a real estate executive, according to friends, family and local news media.

Farrell planned to float his elderly parents to a hillside on a surfboard, but it was unnecessary.

The clean-up will be hard and take time because mud and debris are everywhere.

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