Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Death toll rises in wake of mudslides

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Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 15:09

Multiple houses were ripped out from their foundations.

Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos. Anxious residents facing "disaster fatigue" might not take the emergency alerts seriously, and officials chose not to send out emergency alerts to cellphones until after the flooding had begun. It's also unclear whether she has been reunited with family members.

"This isn't an exact science in terms of actually defining where something is going to happen", Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said.

The rain poured down on hillsides stripped of their vegetation by the massive blaze that started last month. He saw two more drifting down the road.

"Some rescues have been gut-wrenching: firefighters pushed through wait-high mud to reach a 14-year-old girl caked in mud from head to toe", Karson reports. Fire officials said there was 50 air-hoist rescues, and dozens upon dozens of ground rescues. It followed a cellphone alert that was sent by the National Weather Service, he said.

After previous devastating fires, a few older residents might move from the canyons down to the relatively unperturbed beach-side parts of Santa Barbara, Grubb said.

Rainfall rates exceeding one inch per hour at times contributed to the damaging mudslides in portions of Southern California. He joined the chorus of gratitude for the tireless work of first responders.

"The hiking is awesome here, the beaches, Santa Barbara's got it all but it's a little bit of a unsafe element too", he said.

The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air.

"Helicopters rescuing my neighbours". "I should have just told her to leave". Authorities haven't confirmed the names of the dead, but say children are among the victims.

Winfrey's home survived the mudslides. Theresa was rescued, said Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, which Rohter founded in 1994. "Thousands have been blessed by the Rohters' friendship and generosity".

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Rescue workers searched tirelessly Wednesday for trapped survivors of the mudslides that swept through coastal towns in Southern California, killing at least 17 people.

On Wednesday (10Jan18), Katy took to her Instagram Story timeline to assure fans her estate in the area, and that of her parents, were both now out of harm's reach, but she is thankful for their continued prayers for her hometown. Pray also for his wife, Theresa, the gentle giant of Charity and grace, and for his children and grandchildren.

Longtime friend Doug Scott told ABC News that Gower and another friend were on the second floor of her home but ventured downstairs when they heard rumbling.

"They're an adorable couple, and they were in love with their house".

The Mitchells had not left their home because their house was under a voluntary evacuation order and not a mandatory order, Weimer said. "Why did she go downstairs?"

"You can be in a place that looks perfectly safe, that looks kind of flat", she said.

California has suffered severe drought in five out of six of the past years.

The man, who has not been identified, was found dead inside the auto.

Two of his cars in the driveway were swept away.

The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance.

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