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'Window closing' to find survivors in USA mudslide

14 January 2018

Uncertainty remains around the exact number of people still missing, as authorities warned the figure may continue to fluctuate.

He said the zone, which includes areas formerly under voluntary evacuation advisories, would be in effect for one week but that residents should plan for two.

The number of searchers and recovery workers in Montecito surged to more than 2,000 in the days after significant rain led to mudslides that ravaged an area previously scorched by the Thomas Fire, which officials said was fully contained on Friday.

"Financially that's a burden", she said.

The Mitchell's and their dog had been missing since Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, when their Montecito, Calif., home was swept away by the torrent of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into the coastal town in Santa Barbara County.

In related news, the San Ysidro Ranch, a five-star resort near Santa Barbara that sits in Montecito foothills, and is where President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned, has been severely damaged by the mudslides.

Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County. Conte said Riskin, who was the maid of honor at her wedding, took joy in pairing the ideal home with the flawless family and loved cooking, going for long walks and spending movie nights with her family.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos's sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds.

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Jonathan Benitez, 10, was Ramos' nephew, the Washington Post said.

Both women's husbands and Fabiola's two-year-old son of were hospitalized with injuries, Ramos said. Her body was found Wednesday near a highway. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 1979, where she began selling high-end real estate on the city's west side. "I should have just told her to leave".

Roy Rohter was swept from his Montecito home during a mudslide Tuesday morning and killed.

Caroline Montgomery, 22, Mark Montgomery's daughter, also died in the slide, KSBY reported. People are being hospitalized due to the symptoms, and some medications are running short.

Later Saturday, Brown said a 19th victim had been found and named her as Morgan Corey, 25.

David Cantin, 49, was the father of 14-year-old Lauren Cantin, whom rescuers pulled from her Montecito home earlier this week, the Associated Press reported. It's not the first time she's answered the call to help.

Another person who had been on the list of missing, 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was found alive and well, Brown said without elaborating on the circumstances.

'Window closing' to find survivors in USA mudslide