Mudslides In California: What's Happening, Updates & How You Can Help

Mudslides In California: What's Happening, Updates & How You Can Help

The mudslides also injured almost 30 people and destroyed about 100 homes in the Montecito area between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Padres National Forest.

Sarah Ettman lives in the same neighbourhood and is frustrated with the public's criticism of people who didn't evacuate. "It's martial law here, basically". "He has done so much for so many people and pro-life and Catholic education causes".

"I am blessed and I am going to do whatever I can for the rest of the community", Winfrey said, "and we all just love the firefighters". "You can't even fathom what these poor patients went through to finally make their way to the emergency department".

The order to stay away was another hard turn for those living in the Southern California town that has been subject to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, first because of a monster wildfire last month, then because of downpours and mudslides.

"The missing persons were reported by family and friends, and resided in areas that were heavily damaged during the storm and subsequent mudslides".

Mud fills the interior of a vehicle destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank. A family had offered them a room to stay overnight, but then they were looking at spending up to $3,000 a week for a hotel. Monroe asked, noting that some residents of town have third and fourth homes.

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

Residents are told to use caution when returning to their homes and know that returning to the damaged neighborhoods can be a traumatic experience.

More than 1,200 workers taking part in the search and cleanup effort flooded into the town with a population of about 9,000.

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Crews in tanker trucks worked to remove the muddy water from the flooded sections of US 101, a highway connecting Los Angeles to the Santa Barbara region.

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. Seventeen people were reported missing.

A crew found the body of the 18th victim, Joseph Bleckel, 87, before noon in his home near Romero Canyon, Brown said.

It continued to smolder before a drenching Pacific storm hit bare hills and mountains this week, unleashing debris-laden flash floods that swept away homes and killed at least 17 people.

By Wednesday, some 500 searchers had covered about 75 percent of the inundated area in the search for victims.

"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", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds.

Delbert Weltzin - 62 year old transient who often frequents the railroad tracks near Olive Mill.

The mudslide, touched off by heavy rain, took many homeowners by surprise early Tuesday, despite warnings issued days in advance that mudslides were possible because recent wildfires had stripped hillsides of vegetation that normally holds soil in place.

The devastation affected an area estimated at 30 square miles, according to Cal Fire.

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