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

Shocked man catches moment a flood of mud hits his home

Shocked man catches moment a flood of mud hits his home

Slowly but surely the floodwaters on the 101 Freeway began to recede. Heavy equipment and personnel are in the area, so please drive slow.

"Where I am now, which is the east side of my property, I was walking down here and all of my neighbors' homes are gutted". "It's like we're on an island". "This remains a very active search and rescue mission."In updating the missing figure, Brown said that the precise number could fluctuate significantly".

The Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health department, Susan Klein-Rothschild, said the mudslides have destroyed at least 65 homes and damaged another 462 other residences in the town. Overall, 28 people were injured.

They failed to find any Wednesday, the 41-year-old married father of three said, but didn't find any bodies either, which provided him some solace.

Drones, military vehicles and search dogs have been brought in to help with rescue and clean-up efforts. They were supported by K-9 units, 10 helicopters and six bulldozers.

More than 100 homes have been destroyed by the fast-moving floods of mud and debris, and in the affected area coastal Highway 101 looks like a river of mud.

It's unclear how many people actually got the alert. You talk to one cop, you get one piece of information, you talk to another, and you get another piece.

"Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard 'a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was. boulders moving as the mud was rising'".

A mandatory evacuation order has been extended, as Santa Barbara's County Sherriff said residents staying behind were hindering recovery efforts. Peerawat's last name was also misspelled by officials, Marshall Taylor said.

County emergency manager Jeff Gater saidthat the alert issued around 3.50am on Tuesday was sent because of deteriorating conditions and followed one issued by the National Weather Service. "It was activated at the appropriate time actually when the event was occurring", Brown said.

On Wednesday, the death toll in the flash floods was raised to 17, with another 17 missing. "They weren't concerned", Weimer said.

When the rains came, "all hell broke loose", Peter Hartmann, a dentist who moonlights as a news photographer for the local website Noozhawk, told The Associated Press.

Fourteen-year-old Lauren Cantin became the face of survival when rescuers pulled the dazed, mud-covered girl from her flattened home in Montecito earlier this week, but family friends who launched a GoFundMe page reported her father and older brother were still missing.

"After everything we have been through, I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious, but exactly what they feared happened".

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