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Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of U.S. mudslide

14 January 2018

A well-known local real estate agent has been identified as one of the 17 people killed after flash floods and mudslides tore through a Southern California neighborhood.

Most of the residents of Montecito have evacuated.

Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson says the new number tallied Thursday follows sheriff's investigations of missing-persons reports. "That is why we have the canines to help us assist in those efforts to either sniff out or guide us to areas potentially that could have other people that need assistance and rescue".

"We always like to be down here to help", he said.

A longtime friend told ABC News, Gower, 60, and her boyfriend had been on the second floor but ventured downstairs when they heard rumbling. "I'm really flabbergasted to imagine how they're going to survive this rainy season", he said.

Their home was destroyed Tuesday in a mudslide.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department confirmed Thursday that eight people were still missing and 28 had been injured.

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Emergency crews rescued three people Wednesday, using helicopters to reach residents trapped in canyon areas that were rendered inaccessible by mud, downed power lines and fallen trees. One such rescue was a boy who was found under an overpass Tuesday morning, according to the New York Times. For example, powerful mudslides wash away entire mountainsides, tragically taking with them homes, other structures and human lives. "You never know exactly what the human body is capable of".

"Authorities had been bracing for the possibility of catastrophic flooding because of heavy rain in the forecast for the first time in 10 months". As the heaviest rain bands centered over Santa Barbara County, officials urged residents to "shelter in place or move to higher ground" instead of attempting to flee any fast-moving mudflows. "(It) surrounded the house, 2 to 3 feet".

A man in Montecito, southern California, has captured a video of the dramatic moment a flash flood swept through the street outside his home, as he shouted at a motorist to drive away to safety. "I should have just told her to leave". "These people had very limited time, if any, to know to get out". "I feel like I escaped". Needless to say, Twitter wasn't super happy with her.

From above, thrashed areas of town appeared awash in a sea of mud, with only the tallest trees standing and some homes buried up to their roofs. The mud swept homes off their foundations and caused a 30-square-mile debris flow.

Tanker trucks sucked muddy water from flooded sections of USA 101, the only direct major artery between Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara region and an important route for many people who work in the Santa Barbara region but live down the coast in Ventura County.

The backbreaking work went on under the sunny skies that have made the stretch of Santa Barbara County coast about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles a haven for the wealthy, celebrities and tourists drawn to its scenery and casual vibe. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of U.S. mudslide