More Devastation for California- Now Mudslides
After a huge group of wildfires roared through California a few short weeks ago, now mudslides have destroyed hundreds of homes, and killed 17 people at a range of over 30 square miles. With no trees and vegetation to hold the land during heavy rains, the mud won.
Authorities are using search and rescue dogs to find people missing in the mud and debris. Around 8 people are still confirmed missing, according to NBC San Diego (an original report of 48 missing was a “clerical error” according to officials). About 500 searchers were slogging through the mud to find and rescue survivors. The death toll may rise as searchers find more bodies buried under the mud.
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“We’ve gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud. 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.” Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief.
Reported indicate that only about 10-15% of residents evacuated when told to do so. Some of them died when the wall of mud took out their homes.
This is a Coast Guard video of the rescue of a woman and her infant child:
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues family of five – including a newborn baby, a 3-year-old and two dogs – amid deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California. https://t.co/hhkFn6SYCK pic.twitter.com/sZTIV5eLEl
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2018
On Tuesday the Coast Guard rescued a family of five plus their two dogs after the mudslide trapped them, according to Stripes. Rescue teams also had to focus on Romero Canyon, where 300 people were trapped with no way in or out.
One of the hardest hit areas was Montecito, a wealthy district of about 9,000 people near Los Angeles. Mudslides tore through the area, devastating expensive homes, leaving a deep carpet of mud and debris in its wake. Rescuers say they always hold out hope to find one more living person.
— CNN (@CNN) January 11, 2018
Huge mudslides wiped out at least 100 homes in southern California early Tuesday. Authorities have confirmed 15 deaths so far, with another two dozen people missing. @JudyWoodruff reports pic.twitter.com/xzxf9xwH9N
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 10, 2018
The latest on the Southern California mudslides:
• At least 15 killed
• More than 2 dozen injured
• 2 dozen people unaccounted forhttps://t.co/SelQolf42W
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 10, 2018
An emotional resident has described the moment he and a firefighter rescued a baby following a mudslide in California. Mudslides after flash flooding around Montecito have claimed at least 15 lives and left dozens injured https://t.co/Cn9t6b6ywj pic.twitter.com/hASbC8IMXR
— ITV News (@itvnews) January 10, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2018
Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 15 https://t.co/Y8Wl876lBY
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 10, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) January 11, 2018
California Air National #Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are providing search and rescue support in #SouthernCalifornia for those affected by recent mudslides. https://t.co/3Ngh5OaBvA#AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere#CAStorms#CAMudslides pic.twitter.com/eNhbWqyfiL
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) January 11, 2018
Search-and-rescue dogs are leading the efforts to find the missing in the wake of deadly mudslides that swallowed neighborhoods in Southern California https://t.co/irB6nQJhk3 pic.twitter.com/haZD49ZLjx
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— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 11, 2018