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Who Is Josie Gower? Mother Killed In Southern California Mudslide

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"We're going to tear them apart piece by piece and search each pile thoroughly and make sure there's nobody in there", Henzgen said. McTigue said the area's steep canyons also played a role, as torrential rainfall had nowhere to go except off the hillside and into the Montecito community. He said those who perished range in age from three to 89 years old."There are four juveniles on the list", he said. The two had traveled to Italy for five weeks with Josie's children previous year.

But when a relative went to the sheriff's office for information, she said, "they told her there was no 319 Hot Springs Road anymore". In addition, there are at least 28 people who were injured by the storm and 8 people who are presumed missing. On Thursday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office confirmed the couple died. Ellen said in December: "Our house ... it's there right now, but no one can get in to check on it".

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

Hyatt and other residents are recalling the chaos that ensued as Tuesday's deadly mudslides and flooding devastated parts of Southern California. His is the first death announced from the slide since Wednesday. The ground remains unstable and the potential for further deaths and injuries remains.

In one of the worst-hit areas of Montecito, mud blew through doors and windows, filling the interiors of houses with sludge and debris.

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Ramos, a stay-at-home mom, was sleeping in her bed along with her daughter Kaelly Benitez when mud crashed through their rental home.

"Some rescues have been gut-wrenching: firefighters pushed through wait-high mud to reach a 14-year-old girl caked in mud from head to toe", Karson reports.

Hundreds of rescue workers had been on the scene even by the following Wednesday. His brother Victor is Jonathan father and the husband of Fabiola Benitez. Caroline, a high school water polo star and a senior at Barnard College in NY, was killed, her uncle said. She had lived in the city for almost 30 years.

"We're going to do what we do", Winfrey said.

Authorities announced Thursday that 73-year-old Peter Fleurat was among those who died in Montecito.

Heavy rain and a "deep rumbling" sound preceded the massive amounts of mud that blanketed miles and killed at least 17 people.

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The couple had raised their two children in Orange County, Calif., before moving to Montecito in 1995.

The image on the right shows Montecito on January 10, two days after a strong winter storm slammed Southern California, triggering floods and mudflows.

Helen Murdoch, a resident of Santa Barbara, described the damage done by the mudslides this way: "I would say it's apocalyptic".

Southern California authorities say the number of people missing since debris-laden flash floods smashed through the community of Montecito is now five, down from as many as 43 a day earlier. People are trying to locate missing people. Their home of more than 30 years was untouched by the torrents of mud and water.

Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point.

Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs.

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Who Is Josie Gower? Mother Killed In Southern California Mudslide