Friday, 19 January, 2018

Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19 California mudslide death toll rises to 19
Shannon Reynolds | 14 January, 2018, 15:37

More than 1,200 workers have been deployed in the town of about 9,000 residents for the search and cleanup effort.

It's a long-term effect, too, which means Santa Barbara County will be prone to flooding and mudslides for years to come, potentially. The mudslides happened Tuesday after heavy rains affected areas recently charred by the historic Thomas Fire.

The search for additional possible victims is continuing.

NeoTract, a maker of devices used in the medical field of urology, has launched a fundraising page asking for financial support for the family of Kim Cantin. A 14-year-old girl was rescued on Wednesday. Her son told her to stay upstairs, but he told KSBY-6 she went to the ground level and was taken by the knee-deep current of mud.

The television host and comedian said she evacuated from her home during both disasters.

Among dramatic historic examples in the mountains of Southern California, a 1934 storm unleashed runoff so intense that 30 people were killed, more than 480 homes were destroyed and a almost 60-ton (54-metric ton) boulder was pushed out of a canyon.

Riskin Partners described its founder as a renowned businesswoman whose "knowledge, strength and work ethic were eclipsed only by her unending grace, warmth and kindness". Her body was found that night, near a highway hit by the slide.

The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance. Peerawat's last name was also misspelled by officials, Marshall Taylor said.

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On Thursday, the number provided by authorities went from 48, down to eight, then back up to 43.

This is the terrifying moment a flash flood brought mud and debris barreling down a Southern California street.

"There have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days (following similar disasters) and certainly we are searching for a miracle right now", Sheriff Brown said.

The number of dead could climb as crews continue to search through about 30 square miles of mud and debris in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

County emergency manager Jeff Gater tells the Los Angeles Times that the alert issued around 3:50 a.m. Tuesday was sent because of deteriorating conditions and followed one issued by the National Weather Service.

Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to clean up the muck and fix power, water and gas lines.

The numbers are horrific and just begin to tell the tale of tragedy unfolding in this quaint coastal hamlet overwhelmed by walls of debris, mud and water where rescuers Thursday continued the onerous search for survivors.

The cause of Mr Bleckel's death wasn't announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides. Another 17 were still reported missing. She hoped to find them in a shelter or hospital. DeGeneres is one of the many who owns a home in the area and took time out of her usually energetic show to address the seriousness of the situation and thank her audience for keeping her positive.

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