By Steve Dellar  |  01-10-2018   News
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The Montecito area affected by mudslides is fortunately no longer slammed by rain and stormy winds. That is however all the good news there is. The search for victims intensifies as the number of persons missing goes up by the hour. At the time of writing, 13 people were confirmed dead, 25 injured and some 50 were taken away by helicopter.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown explained that “at least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible.”

“Right now our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,”

In certain areas, the mud was waist-deep.

The Montecito area which houses some 9,000 people is home to such celebrities as Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey; the latter having already informed her social media followers that her house was also stricken by those same mudslides.

People posted pictures of those missing online, looking for them frantically.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My friends daughters are missing! Please help find them. A mudslide devoured their home at 3am. <br>Sawyer (12) Morgan (25)<br><br>Last seen<br>1231 E valley rd Santa Barbara <br>Please RT<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#missing</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#missingperson</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Montecito</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SantaBarbara</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mudslides</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nicole Burke (@nicoleburkeAD) <a href="">January 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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One of the residents that lived through the storm, dentist Peter Hartmann, stated: “All hell broke loose.”

“Power lines were down, high-voltage power lines, the large aluminum poles to hold those were snapped in half. Water was flowing out of water mains and sheared-off fire hydrants.”

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Mr. Hartmann explained how rescue workers were trying to revive a young child that they pulled from the mud: “It was a freaky moment to see her just covered in mud,” and then continued stating that his neighbors are still missing: “Both of them were caught in the flood. Son’s in the hospital, dad hasn’t been found yet.”

These mudslides come just after a record-breaking year of natural disasters for the US, with an estimated $306bn in costs from storms and fires. California has seen droughts in five out of the past six years.


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Anonymous No. 15694 1515591356

I think your on the wrong side of the country with the headline.

Anonymous No. 15707 1515599785

I think you mean California.

Steve Dellar No. 15711 1515601912

My bad on that one, thanks guys. Next time ASAP send an email to [email protected]

??????????? No. 15729 1515614516

Florida is flat as a pancake?

You playing a joke on us or testing us…


Anonymous No. 15730 1515614586

BTW: the Totally Kids sign on the fence was the best clue.

Anonymous No. 15738 1515616370


It Was Commiefornia!

Anonymous No. 15793 1515667946

24 hrs and headline still read Florida???

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