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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Deadly mudslides in Southern California, At Least 13 People Have Died.

Southern California
Deadly mudslides in Southern California

Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday leaving at least 13 people dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close.


Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the death toll could rise. Officials said many of the deaths are believed to be in the coastal Montecito area, where mudflows and floodwater have inundated areas downstream from where the Thomas Fire burned thousands of acres last month.
At least two dozen people were unaccounted for and authorities rescued at least 50 people in the Montecito area.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department is working toward determining whether those "missing" were accounted for in other locations or among those who are deceased.
"It looked like a World War I battlefield," Brown said of the destruction. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, down trees, power lines, wrecked cars -- lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes."

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