Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of USA mudslide

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

He brings the total of missing to seven.

Numerous deaths and injuries occurred at locations that were not under mandatory evacuation for flooding, but weeks earlier, said areas were evacuated during a series of fires.

Another victim, Josie Gower, had tried to escape the mudslides with a friend, according to Doug Scott, Gower's longtime friend, told ABC News.

Teams rescued three people Wednesday, but they also discovered two more bodies, raising the death count to 17, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"The mud just." she said, her voice trailing off.

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The mudslides began after heavy rains early Tuesday created rivers of mud and debris that ran down hillsides in Santa Barbara County.

The cause of death for most of the victims will be listed as multiple traumatic injuries resulting from flash floods with mudslides, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's office said. And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.

People moved wearily on Wednesday through the cement-like slurry, picking through the rubble of their homes, looking for missing loved ones, some just staring into space, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Financially that's a burden", she said.

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Cantin's 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was rescued by firefighters this week after being trapped for hours. His brother Victor is Jonathan father and the husband of Fabiola Benitez. Best to give workers a chance to clear the roads up, she said.

"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 Jennifer Ramos, Marilyn Ramos' sister.

The disaster struck on Tuesday after heavy rains soaked the area near Montecito, where vegetation had been denuded by the largest wildfire in California's history.

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.

A vehicle sits in mud and debris after a mudslide on in Montecito, California.

The US Forest Service announced on Friday that the fire that burned 440 square miles had been fully contained.

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities including Montecito.

In the coastal town of Montecito, 17 people from ages 3 to 89 were confirmed dead, and five others were unaccounted for as of early Friday. Meanwhile, eight commercial structures were destroyed and 20 commercial structures were damaged, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Anderson says the number dropped because people were located, but it could continue to fluctuate greatly. Video shot from the hovering chopper showed a house surrounded by muck and debris as a mother, muddy from the waist down, handed her infant to two rescuers on the roof and then got help onto it.

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