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Rescuers Seek Survivors after California Mudslides Kill 17

Rescuers Seek Survivors after California Mudslides Kill 17

Workers used pumps and hoses while heavy equipment cleared away debris. "It's like we're on an island. It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful". "This is an enormous loss for our community".

Two dozen people remain missing after the mudslides swept through Santa Barbara County following a rainstorm that swept the area on Tuesday.

Brown released the names of 17 people killed in the mudslide Thursday, including the youngest victim 3-year-old Kailly Benitez. Groups were supported by K-9 units, helicopters and bulldozers.

But many people have been affected by the disaster, which destroyed 100 single-family homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and injured 28 people, Reuters quoted Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, as saying.

Between Ventura and Carpinteria, a 30-mile stretch of US 101 remained closed in both directions Thursday because of flooding and mud on the roadway. The closure was expected to last until Monday, but after reassessing the damage Friday afternoon, authorities could no longer provide a timeline for when the highway would reopen.

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My attractive home town, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. You talk to one cop, you get one piece of information, you talk to another, and you get another piece. Officers at each intersection in the now evacuation free zone must confirm a resident lives at a home in that neighborhood. Ground usually held together by tree roots and smaller plants was suddenly just a mass of mud and boulders which residents describe as sounding like a freight train.

Utility trucks crowd the area around Olive Mill Road and Coast Village Road as part of the effort to restore services to flood-ravaged Montecito.

Mr Farrell said he and his family were able to escape injury by hunkering down in a hallway at the back of the house and standing in thigh-high mud for more than an hour before they were rescued.

Resident Rob Lowe offered condolences on social media.

Winfrey said while walking around she saw some of her neighbors homes were "gutted", while others are "gone, just gone".

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Our hearts go out to all those in Montecito.

"I know it sounds like it's a constantly moving number", Brown said.

An evacuation order was issued in a section of the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, which was hit by a mudslide that pulled cars out of driveways and carried them downstream.

Like Morris, neighbors nearby who stayed say they were eventually told to shelter in place, but lost connection with the outside world. "It's not like anybody came around and told them to leave". "It's basically search and rescue right now". "I don't know anything about our house yet".

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