Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15
Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15
Rivers of mud sweep through wildfire burn areas in California
13 January, 2018, 23:17
Aerial footage over Montecito showed a contrast of widespread damage next to homes completely untouched by the disaster. "It's like we're on an island. We basically just had to get out and leave the gates open for the fire trucks and we're right in it ... we're right there". I'm heartbroken for our community of Montecito.
At a news conference Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown had said 53-year-old John Keating was among the missing.
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. Authorities said pedestrian and bike traffic in the area was getting in the way of rescue efforts and equipment used for clearing the area. They were supported by K-9 units, 10 helicopters and six bulldozers.
Morgan Corey, 25, is still missing after the mudslides in Montecito, Calif., destroyed their family home on Tuesday.
Mud, rocks and other debris that's being removed is being dumped on Goleta Beach, at the end of Ash Avenue, in the Foothill landfill, at Caltrans sites and several other locations outside the county, Fayram said. The mudslide have damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.
Reopening the freeway also depends on getting surface streets cleared, along with the drainage channels and debris basins. You talk to one cop, you get one piece of information, you talk to another, and you get another piece. Law enforcement officials said the area "looked like a World War I battlefield". Neighborhoods were wiped out and roads strewn with massive boulders and trees.
Officials said that generally when mandatory evacuation orders are issued, there is an imminent threat to life or property. The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that the fire that burned 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) was fully contained. Santa Barbara County's fire chief said nearly the entirety of Montecito, except for a small section in the southeast, were under mandatory evacuation orders as of 6 p.m. local time.
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Many celebrities who have homes in Montecito have discussed the mudslides on social media, giving first-hand accounts of the incident and offering their condolences to those who lost their lives.
At 3:30 a.m., they woke to a combination of pouring rain and a flash-flood warning alert blaring on a cellphone.
Officials in Santa Barbara County announced 65 single-family homes were destroyed and almost 450 sustained damage.
They also said trains and ferries are providing alternative transportation.
However, with most utilities about to be cut off and sewage running into the nearby creek, she made a decision to heed the order to leave.
Crews are using search-and-rescue dogs to hunt for victims.
"They were in a voluntary evacuation area so they figured they were OK", said Weimer, who has been frantically searching for her parents for more than a day. "I'm really flabbergasted to imagine how they're going to survive this rainy season", he said. For workers trying to get the freeway reopened, the thought of victims buried in the muck casts a grim tone to an already dirty and hard task.
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