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Death toll climbs to 18 in massive Montecito mudslide

13 January 2018

Keep in mind to update your bookmarks. They finally eroded into deadly mudslides that struck the community unawares. He brings the total of missing to seven. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said.

Brown said the recovery effort has been hindered by residents who had stayed behind or tried to check on damage in neighborhoods where homes were leveled and car-size boulders blocked roads and littered properties.

Before the news conference had ended, Brown returned to the microphone, and with a happy tone said a phone call had just come in about Keating. By the time it was fully contained earlier this week, it had destroyed more than 440 square miles of land and was responsible for the deaths of two people.

As rescue operations continue, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has warned that emergency workers are now looking for "miracle survivors".

Excavators carrying rescuers in their buckets plowed through mud-coated roads in search of the missing after some areas were buried in as much as 15 feet (4.6 m) of mud, emergency officials said. The ground remains unstable and the potential for further deaths and injuries remains.

Six people remain on the missing list.

Rainfall totals on Tuesday afternoon ranged from 3 to 5 inches in the mountains in Ventura County and 2 to 3 inches in the mountains of Santa Barbara County.

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Sawyer Corey, who was 12, was sleeping when mud swept through her family's home in Montecito on Tuesday night. Needless to say, Twitter wasn't super happy with her.

The Benitez brothers survived.

The Benitez brothers are gardeners.

Rebecca Riskin, a real estate agent and founder of Riskin Partners, was also killed in the mudslides in Montecito, the company confirmed in a post on its Facebook page Wednesday.

She says Marilyn Ramos doted on her only child, Kailly. Montgomery died at home along with his 22-year-old daughter Caroline who was a student Barnard College in New York City.

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.

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Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito.

More than 29,000 people are under the evacuation orders which could last for at least a week.

"But after the largest fire in California history, it's catastrophic, it's beyond recognizable". The names of the deceased were released by Santa Barbara officials on Friday.

Some smaller number, which authorities wouldn't give, were actively being investigated as missing people who could be dead under the debris.

"We sent out many, many, many alerts", Lewin said.

Sensing the inevitable outrage caused by FEMA's inadequate assistance, Democratic Representative Salud Carbajal wrote an appeal to the White House for individual assistance to those affected by the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides.

These conditions could easily be replicated across many regions of the state burned by fires this year and in years past. At least 28 people were injured and crews performed dozens of rescues.

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Death toll climbs to 18 in massive Montecito mudslide