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US News Time running out to find survivors of US mudslides

10:08  11 january  2018
10:08  11 january  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides

  Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides The death toll from massive debris flows that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders rose to 17 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard continued rescue operations Wednesday afternoon. About 300 people who were stuck in their homes in Montecito's Romero Canyon neighborhood throughout the debris field were rescued Tuesday night. Authorities had said late Tuesday that residents were still stuck and that first responders planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak. © @latimesgraphics The mudslides began around 2:30 a.m.

Rescuers are racing to find 17 people who are still missing after mudslides slammed into wealthy areas of California, destroying an estimated 100 homes. The time or date displayed (including in the Timeline of Articles feature) reflects when an article was added to or updated in Newsbelow.com.

At least 18 people have been killed in mudslides in California. Survivors — including Oprah Winfrey — are slogging through the rubble and trying to recover.Published OnJan. “ We are still in the hopeful, optimistic mode that we can find survivors ,” said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara

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Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped both disasters, said: “ We totally thought we were out of the woods. “I was frozen yesterday morning thinking: ‘This is a million times worse Homes destroyed in California mudslides . California mudslides kill 13 people as search for survivors continues.

They'll focus first on finding survivors . The flash flood's right there! Get out of here, go," he could be heard yelling, his voice breaking in panic. Burned-over zones are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because scorched earth doesn't absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when

Rescuers are racing to find 17 people who are still missing after mudslides slammed into wealthy areas of California, destroying an estimated 100 homes.

More than 500 firefighters are involved in the search - but conditions are perilous, with "multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes covered with mud".

The mudslide destroyed an estimated 100 homes - sweeping some off their foundations © Reuters The mudslide destroyed an estimated 100 homes - sweeping some off their foundations

Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire chief, said: "The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream. It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful."

Search dogs, helicopters and thermal imaging equipment are being used to find victims or survivors, with rescuers battling through waist-deep mud in some areas.

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The mudslides in Montecito, Calif., wiped out entire blocks, pulling people from their homes and killing at least 18. Emergency workers looked for survivors of the mudslide in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday. “But he said, and I’ll never forget it: ‘ We can’t find Mom.’”

More than 1,200 rescuers are battling to find more survivors in Montecito, Santa Barbara, but there are fears time is running out . At least 18 people have died in mudslides in California as rescuers battle against time to find more survivors .

Although three people were rescued on Wednesday, two more bodies were also recovered - taking the death toll from the disaster to 17 people.

A dog searches for bodies with rescue officials in Montecito © Reuters A dog searches for bodies with rescue officials in Montecito

None of those killed have been publicly identified yet, with Santa Barbara's County Sheriff Bill Brown telling reporters: "We realise this is going to be a long and difficult journey for all of us and our community."

Among those missing are an elderly couple who ignored evacuation warnings to stay in their "forever home" and celebrate an 89th birthday.

The painstaking process of clearing away debris and mud has begun © Getty The painstaking process of clearing away debris and mud has begun

Near their property, a least two homes were carried off their foundations by the force of the mudslides - and as bulldozers began to clear muck and debris from areas already searched by rescue teams, utility crews have started trying to repair downed power lines and snapped telephone poles.

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At least 18 people have been killed in mudslides in California. Survivors — including Oprah Winfrey — are slogging through the rubble and trying to recover.Published OnJan. A truck was stuck on the 101 freeway after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif.CreditAndrew Cullen for The New York Times .

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A dozen people are being treated in hospital and four people are in a critical condition.

The torrent of mud, trees and boulders flowed down a mountain scarred by extensive wildfires in recent weeks - and the fast-moving debris took many by surprise.

Family members inspect the inside of a home covered in mud © Reuters Family members inspect the inside of a home covered in mud

Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped both disasters, said: "We totally thought we were out of the woods.

"I was frozen yesterday morning thinking: 'This is a million times worse than the fire ever was.'"

Although mandatory evacuations were put into force in some parts of Santa Barbara, only 10% to 15% of residents actually heeded the warnings to flee their homes.

The wealthy enclave of Montecito was one of the hardest-hit areas, with celebrities including Oprah Winfrey revealing their homes were among those damaged.

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