California mudslides: Crews dig through debris

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2018

Oprah Winfrey has shared intimate footage of the devastation caused by a Californian mudslide.

The Mitchells had not left their home because their house was under a voluntary evacuation order and not a mandatory order, Weimer said. Rohter's wife was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition, but he did not survive, Van Hecke told ABC News.

The death toll remains at 15, with 24 people missing.

"We would have evacuated", she said.

Hundreds of searchers are still hunting for survivors of the flash flooding and mudslides near Santa Barbara, California. "I'm wondering if my friends are alive".

Hours later, Brewer confirmed Gower's death. "I saw them covered in mud and shaking from the cold".

She added: "It was always a full a life with Josie". "Everyone is just out getting supplies and holing up to stay here".

The road is in an area where rescuers are searching for people who may have been trapped. Many turned to social media in their search.

She said: "There clearly were areas that were damaged that were outside of the evacuation area". In Los Angeles, a police cruiser got swamped in tyre-deep mud. In 1990, she moved to Montecito, where she climbed to the top of real estate industry, according to the biography on her firm's website.

"All hell broke loose", said resident Peter Hartmann. Utility crews began the laborious task of repairing downed power lines and snapped telephone poles. "I was in a mud flow yesterday, and it went from a wash channel being 6 inches of water to being 10 feet of water full of boulders".

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Many residents probably couldn't grasp the scope of how unsafe mudslides can become, McNary told PBS NewsHour. The elderly couple ignored a voluntary evacuation warning. Authorities said more than 100 homes had been completely destroyed and another 300 damaged.

As the rainwater made its way downhill with gathering force, it pried boulders from the ground and picked up trees and other debris that flattened homes, cars and carried at least one body a mile away. Winfrey said debris is "everywhere".

On Wednesday (10Jan18), Katy took to her Instagram Story timeline to assure fans her estate in the area, and that of her parents, were both now out of harm's reach, but she is thankful for their continued prayers for her hometown.

She said her home had minor damage, but it pales in comparison to what her her neighbors suffered.

Last fall, when wildfire swept through California's wine-growing region in Napa and Sonoma counties, thousands of people failed to receive evacuation alerts on their cellphones because the fire destroyed the cell towers.

Flooding on Highway 101 in Montecito. Long term, one option would be more basins to slow down storm runoff and collect debris.

"Apparently one of their cars ended in their back yard". Rescue crews worked up to 12 hours a day and risked stepping on nails or shattered glass, or being exposed to raw sewage, or dealing with leaking gas, said Deputy Dan Page, chief of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department rescue team.

The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

The Thomas Fire, the largest in California history, burned more than 440 square miles and more than 1,000 homes, businesses and other buildings in the area last month. It was 92% contained, and officials don't expect full containment until later this month.

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