Desperate search for survivors in California mudslides

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The Mitchell's and their dog had been missing since Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, when their Montecito, Calif., home was swept away by the torrent of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into the coastal town in Santa Barbara County.

Public Works and Flood Control workers are "racing to open them up as soon as possible", Fayram said.

The boy's father and 2-year-old sister are still missing, the newspaper reported. He brings the total of missing to seven. Santa Barbara County's fire chief said nearly the entirety of Montecito, except for a small section in the southeast, was under mandatory evacuation orders on Thursday.

"Safety officials just didn't see this happening", said Bastian.

"He is in an out-of-area hospital being treated".

"I heard rumbling and ran for my life", he said.

A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 linking Ventura and Santa Barbara was still covered in heavy debris and not expected to reopen until Monday.

The company confirmed her death in a Wednesday Facebook post.

Twenty-five-year-old victim Morgan Corey was located in the mud and debris in Montecito, county Sheriff Bill Brown told the Associated Press on Saturday. No further details were released about his death. There are people who are missing family members.

Actor Rob Lowe, whose home was threatened by the fire, was also calling attention to Montecito on Twitter and Instagram.

"We're really joined together", she said. A 14-year-old girl was rescued on Wednesday.

The Benitez brothers are gardeners.

"From what I saw, the water has actually risen from the first day of the storm, so that's not a good sign", she said, adding that more equipment is not the problem.

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

Terrifying wildfires in the area forced evacuations in December, and the mudslides struck just two weeks after people returned.

Patrick Casey, owner of the State & Fig restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara, said he's anxious but expressed confidence that his business, and the community, will snap back.

But with the 101 Freeway clogged by mud and debris, cutting off traffic from Southern California, "There is hardly anybody in here", Johnson lamented. Most of those fire responders were sent home December 23.

Farrell can be heard shouting to a driver: 'Turn around - the flash flood's right there! But by then, tons of mud, trees, rocks and other debris were rolling down hills that had been burned in the largest fire on record in California. Authorities said on Thursday night that 43 people were unaccounted for. She said some missing-person reports are quickly cleared but others take time to resolve.

Anderson says the number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed. To make matters worse, biologists have found that when rain hits the charred landscape, it can become even more dense and more water repellent. But, he said, "The likelihood is increasing that we'll be finding bodies, not survivors".

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning, catching numerous victims entirely off-guard.

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