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13 Enero 2018, 05:55 | Crisanna Felipe
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A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito.
Jen Guilbeault said she made a decision to stay in her home on Ortega Ridge Road because it, too, was in a voluntary evacuation zone.
On a postcard-perfect afternoon, the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company would normally be bustling with lunchtime diners downing fried calamari and lobster tacos, especially on the cusp of a holiday weekend. "I should have just told her to leave".
There seemed to be a weariness after the fire evacuations. "I think all of us have learned our lessons on this one". "You can't even fathom what these poor patients went through to finally make their way to the emergency department".
Much of the affected area is land scorched by the massive Thomas fire several weeks ago, the second-largest wildfire in California's history.
The mudslideskilled at least 15 people, and firefighters were still trying to rescue dozens trapped in canyons above the city.
Dr. Montgomery's 22-year-old daughter Caroline Montgomery is confirmed to have died in her brother's arms.
The latest victim, 87-year-old Joseph Bleckel, was found in his Montecito home on Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, adding that the remaining missing were between the ages of 2 and 30.
The number of people reported missing was at eight Thursday morning, and likely will still rise.
While the focus Thursday will remain on search and rescue efforts, the effects of this mudslide will last long beyond this week.
Over a 100 homes have been destroyed and around 300 damaged after walls of mud poured through affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline.
Rescue crews search a demolished residence on East Valley Road in Montecito.
A wet last winter gave way to a dry summer here and in many parts of California.
He said the zone, which includes areas formerly under voluntary evacuation advisories, would be in effect for one week but that residents should plan for two.
Firefighters slogged through mud and debris to reach 14-year-old Laura Cantin in a rescue effort that took almost six hours Tuesday in Santa Barbara County.
The predicted happened. As the flooding began, emergency officials sent out cellphone alerts.
Since then, Kim Kardashian-West, Melissa Etheridge and Jessica Simpson are among the many who have had Montecito weddings.
Five people were missing as of early on Friday, down from as many as 43 a day earlier, said Amber Anderson, a spokesperson for Santa Barbara County. "The whole house shook".
Residents of the mudslide-hit area were assessing their damaged homes, with some grateful their properties had survived. But what they saw, what they experienced, as they stood there, in the most bad of environments, was heroic to me. Atkinson said they've been using pool water for their toilets and to shave. She said some missing-person reports are quickly cleared but others take time to resolve.
Marshall Miller and his wife, Amy, heeded the advisory, leaving their house in a voluntary evacuation zone early Monday.
"They're an adorable couple, and they were in love with their house". At least two unrecognizably mangled cars were carried like driftwood all the way to the beach, where they were partly covered in seaweed. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbours are going through.' Connors told his Twitter followers: 'Montecito - fires burn - rain comes - mudslides and devastation - evacuated today by helicopter - thoughts and prayers for all!'
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