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Mud-Flood

January 22, 2018

The danger of mud sliding through the streets taking out homes and even people is the fear of California as heavy rains poured on January 9th.The mudslides killed at least 17 people and destroyed dozens of homes. Those killed ranged in age from 3 to 89, and all lived in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said. Search groups and firefighters continue their search for missing people and even animals.

The heavy flows have damaged and even destroyed homes. Sending out mandatory evacuations just hours after the storm dispatchers at the sheriff’s office were receiving calls for help and rescue, some managed to evacuate, but many did not. Reportedly, in Montecito the floods are worse than surrounding areas. Allegedly  that is where most of the 13 deaths were revealed and more than two dozen have been reported missing. By sunrise on Tuesday, the mud was knee-high in many places and roadways but even deeper in canyons and various places. In Montecito, 6 homes were completely wiped from their foundations. Just before the rainstorm areas were heavily scorched and had no plant life. The heavy rains built in areas where plants usually balance the flooding and mass amounts of water.

The search for survivors continues and pushes teams to look in areas twice and even harder due to the lack of finding those reported missing. Emergency workers on the ground have doubled since Thursday and continue to grow as more and more are reported missing or trapped. “In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days. We certainly are searching for a miracle right now,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday. “But realistically we suspect that we are going to continue to have discovery of people who were killed in this incident.”

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