Sunday, 22 July, 2018

California mudslides: Death toll rises after searchers find body

Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15
Kenny Thornton | 14 January, 2018, 08:05

County officials have already ordered residents in most of the south-eastern corner of Montecito, an unincorporated community east of the city of Santa Barbara, to leave their homes for what they said was likely to be one or two weeks to aid the search and recovery efforts.

Riskin is survived by her two children, Robert and Julia, and her husband, Ken Grand, the company said.

Sarah Ettman lives in the same neighbourhood and is frustrated with the public's criticism of people who didn't evacuate.

Marilyn Ramos, 27, died when mudslides hit the home her family was renting in Montecito, the Washington Post reported.

Oprah Winfrey, who just days ago won the praise of Hollywood with a Golden Globe lifetime achievement award, is now being directly affected by the damage.

Sheriff Bill Brown cautioned Thursday that many or most of those unaccounted for may simply have been unreachable to the family and friends who reported them missing.

Mud, boulders and other debris that raced down the hills scorched by the Thomas fire not only littered the highway lanes but also blocked drainage channels and filled debris basins, forcing water to continue flowing onto the freeway - the biggest obstacle at Olive Mill Road.

"At this moment, we are still looking for live victims", Santa Barbara Fire Capt. Gary Pitney said.

Devastating floods and mud flows were triggered Tuesday after heavy rain fell on areas recently burned in the massive Thomas fire, the largest wildfire in California history.

This January 2017, photo provided by Kelly Weimer, shows Jim Mitchell, 89, with his wife, Alice Mitchell, 78, and their dog, Gigi.

She says some missing-person reports are rapidly cleared while others take a long time to resolve.

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Without a weapon anymore, police said, Matthew Nicholson fled in a vehicle, leaving his parents to their misery. Nicholson is facing murder charges and is being held without bail.

Two of the victims were killed when their houses were swept away in the mudslides. He was swept from his home along with his mother, Fabiola, who has not yet been found.

Debris also ruptured a natural gas line in one neighborhood, causing an unknown number of structure fires.

Residents woke early Tuesday morning and learned they didn't have much time to flee as the torrents of mud began flowing into the streets.

Authorities announced Thursday that 73-year-old Peter Fleurat was among those who died in Montecito.

He wept as he told 's cameras: 'Why didn't she just stay upstairs?'

There was nothing left on the land to stop the wall of water as new video shows the mudslide's power and speed.

Search and rescue officials located 87-year-old Joseph Francis Bleckel dead inside his residence on Friday.

Her 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. Their home was destroyed Tuesday in a mudslide.

The body of Morgan Christine Corey was found Saturday.

Henzgen, the Los Angeles Fire Department captain, pointed to a almost empty lot.

Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

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