Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

California Mudslides Death Toll Rises To 19, Residents Told To Evacuate

California Mudslides Death Toll Rises To 19, Residents Told To Evacuate

The two developments reduced the number of missing from seven to five.

The sheriff's office says Weltzin and the Keating who is still missing are homeless men who frequent the Montecito area. Peerawat's last name was also misspelled by officials, Marshall Taylor said.

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

The body of Morgan Christine Corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"This is a constantly changing list", he said. The ground remains unstable and the potential for further deaths and injuries remains.

Six people remain on the missing list.

After nearly a minute of jumbled images are followed by the scene inside the house he shares with his parents: mud is at least 2 feet deep, and as high as the counters in the kitchen.

Conte said Riskin, who was the maid of honor at her wedding, took joy in pairing the flawless home with the ideal family and loved cooking, going for long walks and spending movie nights with her family. His brother Victor is Jonathan father and the husband of Fabiola Benitez.

You know, you see the news, you see these devastating pictures, but as we speak -- and this could change because it changes every minute - -15 people are confirmed dead. His 14-year-old daughter, Lauren Cantin, was buried for hours before rescuers found her. The following missing persons were reported by family and friends, and resided in areas that were heavily damaged during the storm and subsequent mudslides.

Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.

Friday morning, the couple walked down to a security checkpoint near their home to get an update from the California Highway Patrol officer stationed there.

The U.S. Forest Service made the announcement Friday after aerial surveys of the 440-square-mile (1, 140-square-kilometre ) scar left by the so-called Thomas fire.

That fire, the largest in California history, had roared across the hillsides above Montecito, leaving sloping patches of earth that were expected to give way in a downpour. A spokeswoman early in the day sent a shudder through the community when she said the number of people unaccounted for had surged from 16 to 48.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighborhood in Santa Barbara County, California.

"Normally water's kept in the channels, but with debris flows with the water, it dams up the area and forces debris to back flush", he said.

Ramos" sister Jennifer 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'.

Two of the victims were killed when their houses were swept away in the mudslides.

This January 2017, photo provided by Kelly Weimer, shows Jim Mitchell, 89, with his wife, Alice Mitchell, 78, and their dog, Gigi.

As of this writing, there have been 17 known casualties, among which includes at least three children, the youngest being three years of age.

"We have to do whatever it takes", Capt. Tom Henzgen, leader of a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department, told The Associated Press.

The army of searchers and recovery workers in Montecito swelled to more than 2,000 five days after a powerful storm swept in from the Pacific and dumped a deluge on mountain slopes above the coastal enclave that were burned bare by a huge wildfire in December.

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