Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 18

U.S. Highway 101 at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek in Montecito Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 18:18

Dozens of Bay Area firefighters arrived in Southern California Thursday to aid search-and-rescue operations in places devastated by mudslides following the Thomas Fire.

In the wake of mudslides, some question why the mandatory evacuation zone - and the door-to-door visits - were not more widespread. A huge police presence keeps out both residents and looters.

"This is how deep the mud is", Winfrey can be heard saying on the video.

Residents lucky enough to be spared reported hearing rumblings just before the onslaught that sounded like an quake but were actually the sound of a deadly, roaring curtain of mud and debris descending upon them powerful enough to propel massive boulders the size of trucks along with it.

After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 64 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 446.

Riskin is survived by her husband, two grown children and a grandson.

"I'm not sure where she could be", the volunteer said.

Weinert's house was somehow spared but one of his neighbors, Riskin, was swept to her death.

For others, the grim reality was just beginning as workmen dug through the debris.

Highway 101 will remain closed indefinitely and more rain is expected to hit the Santa Barbara area next week, said CHP Capt. Cindy Pontes.

"It was like a construction crew came in and wiped it; it was clean", Weimer said in a telephone interview Friday. "You have to start accepting the reality of that". He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.

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They failed to find any Wednesday, the 41-year-old married father of three said, but didn't find any bodies either, which provided him some solace.

The 54-year-old graduated from Princeton University and Columbia University Medical School. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

The deadly mudslides also affected the hometown of models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who said in separate posts on Twitter and Instagram they "really can't believe it" and to "keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers". Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the recovery effort, says their top priority is reaching those people, getting them to safety and finding the people who are still missing.

A tow truck took away a wrecked vehicle.

Aerial footage over Montecito showed a contrast of widespread damage next to homes completely untouched by the disaster.

Rescuers have searched frantically for the missing after rivers of mud and boulders flooded through neighborhoods in and near Montecito, an affluent seaside community east of Santa Barbara, demolishing homes and leaving roads impassable.

With gas, water and electricity knocked out in most of the area, rescue workers were concerned that many of those trapped could run short on supplies.

A few streets away, Abbe and Gary Shaw counted their blessings. He and his parents put belongings in three cars in case they made a decision to leave before the storm. They've got power back, limited cell phone service and food for their six dogs and 20 chickens.

Friday morning, the couple walked down to a security checkpoint near their home to get an update from the California Highway Patrol officer stationed there.

"We would have evacuated", she said. "But they're talking two weeks of closure".

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