Wednesday, January 10, 2018

17 dead after flooding and mudslides force thousands to flee in California

Many more are feared to be dead and buried beneath the mud. At least 13 people have been reported missing, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Wednesday.

More than 500 first responders and 10 dogs are working on the search-and-rescue efforts in the region, focusing on a list of missing people and their addresses, fire officials said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Hundreds of people have already been rescued, many of whom had to be hoisted out of the mud-filled area by aircraft, Brown said.

Montecito alone saw heavy rainfall in a short amount of time. About a third of the rain that has fallen in the last 24 hours in Montecito happened in just five minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Because hundreds of thousands of acres were charred in the fires, the influx of water has nowhere to go.

Some homes in Montecito's affluent community have been ripped from their foundations as a result of the torrential conditions. About 100 homes have been destroyed and another 300 were damaged, county officials said. - read More


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