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Rescue workers hoping for miracles after California mudslide

14 January 2018

Mr Brown also named the five people still missing, which included Fabiola Benitez, the mother of Jonathan Benitez, a 10-year-old killed in the flooding.

First the worst fire in California history, then torrential rains, have brought down whole hillsides in Montecito, an upscale village in Santa Barbara County.

The mudslides struck an area that in December 2017, had already suffered the Thomas wildfire, and was spurred by torrential downpours that dropped almost 2.54 cm of rain in less than 15 minutes.

The search for additional possible victims is continuing.

Cantin's 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was rescued by firefighters this week after being trapped for hours.

While that restriction doesn't apply to sandy beaches in the affected areas, members of the public are encouraged to avoid debris while on the beach. Her son told her to stay upstairs, but he told KSBY-6 she went to the ground level and was taken by the knee-deep current of mud.

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It was six at the beginning of an afternoon news conference, but someone called in to say one of the men on the list was at a hospital.

A luxury sports vehicle is covered in mud and debris caused by a massive mudflow in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018.

In her almost 30 years as a renowned Montecito resident and businesswoman, Rebecca crossed paths with almost every community member in some capacity. Her body was found that night, near a highway hit by the slide.

Riskin Partners described its founder as a renowned businesswoman whose "knowledge, strength and work ethic were eclipsed only by her unending grace, warmth and kindness".

She said: "It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds".

Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson released the latest number early Friday.

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The numbers are horrific and just begin to tell the tale of tragedy unfolding in this quaint coastal hamlet overwhelmed by walls of debris, mud and water where rescuers Thursday continued the onerous search for survivors.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

Torrential rain triggered a series of catastrophic mudslides in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara on Tuesday morning, reducing buildings to rubble and killing at least 18 people.

Santa Barbara County authorities said Thursday afternoon up to 43 people are missing as a result of the mudslides this week in the Montecito area.

"One of the things that I want to talk about is you know, we've had these awful fires all over California and one of the hardest hit areas is where I live in Montecito".

County emergency manager Jeff Gater tells the Los Angeles Times that the alert issued around 3:50 a.m. Tuesday was sent because of deteriorating conditions and followed one issued by the National Weather Service.

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Rescue workers hoping for miracles after California mudslide