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Death toll climbs to 18 in massive Montecito mudslide

Death toll climbs to 18 in massive Montecito mudslide

But the Montecito mudslide disaster is not an easy emergency to work.

Hours after his heartbreaking interview, Josie, a retired nurse, was confirmed dead.

Mud, boulders and other debris that raced down the hills scorched by the Thomas fire not only littered the highway lanes but also blocked drainage channels and filled debris basins, forcing water to continue flowing onto the freeway - the biggest obstacle at Olive Mill Road.

Josie was a grandmother, mother and retired nurse. He tried to save Caroline, but she died in his arms. I have never met anyone quite like her and never will again. She had lived in the city for almost 30 years.

A Go Fund Me page for the family called McManigal "An fantastic man, father of six, and a loving husband".

'She was just simply the most loving, cheerful, beautiful, strong, independent foce.

Garret Speirs, a 54-year-old artist who has been living in Montecito for 20 years, was grateful his property had survived. A lot of people are missing.

Firefighters who fought deadly wildfires in the area in December are now searching flattened homes across Santa Barbara County for mudslide survivors.

Residents of the mudslide-hit area were assessing their damaged homes. The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

Joseph Bleckel, 87, who was discovered in his home by rescuers, is the latest victim to be identified. Then she added, with a laugh, "that's very unlike me". Sleeping nearby was Jonathan Benitez, Kaelly's cousin and Ramos' nephew.

Weimer said his wife, Kelly, had tried to reach her parents beginning Tuesday morning, and the bad news came Wednesday: The bodies of James and Alice, married for five decades and grandparents of six, had been found in the detritus.

Residents woke early Tuesday morning and learned they didn't have much time to flee as the torrents of mud began flowing into the streets.

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And rescue teams were still slogging through the mud, hunting for the missing and assessing the damage.

Rohter was the founder of St. Augustine Academy, a small, private, Roman Catholic K-12 school in Ventura, Calif.

His daughter Lauren was filmed being rescued by firefighters from their home after they heard her screaming from the wreckage.

It is not known if anyone else in the family is missing or injured.

A friend of the Cantin's family explained that Lauren's father Dave and her 16-year-old brother Jack were still missing.

Riskin was the founding partner of Riskin Partners, a real estate company that represented buyers and sellers in Montecito, the company's website said. Don't forget to follows us on social media.

Josephine Gower, 69, died when she opened the door to her home, her son, Hayden Gower, told NBC station KSBY. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said.

Gower's anxious relatives had been appealing for information of her whereabouts online. "I should have just told her to leave".

Connor was found not far from their home and has been hospitalized but authorities have not yet found John. "(It's a) good feeling to help folks when they're in need.

They also said trains and ferries are providing alternative transportation.

"It's the number one priority right now for Caltrans to get the roadway clear and reopened", Jones said.


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