Death toll from California mudslides rises to 18

Emergency workers search areas damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018.

Officials have now confirmed the mudslides have claimed at least 15 lives, while dozens more are missing.

Intense rain Tuesday morning pounded steep terrain burned by the Thomas fire just weeks earlier, unearthing a wall of mud, rocks and debris that raced down creek beds so quickly that residents didn't have time to get out of harm's way. But some residents said the exhaustion of being chased from their homes made them hesitant to evacuate a second time. Earlier, officials said just eight people were unaccounted for. "People who didn't lose their house in the fire - they just lost huge things in the mud". The highway, U.S. Highway 101, remains closed indefinitely.

Mud fills the interior of a auto destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank. At least two of her family cars were destroyed and she's not sure how her cottage fared. Caroline, a high school water polo star and a senior at Barnard College in NY, was fatally injured and died in her brother's arms, her uncle said.

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, Mr Page said.

In a statement, Van Hecke said Rohter and his wife were swept away from their home in Montecito. Then she added, with a laugh, "that's very unlike me".

Well before dawn on Tuesday, a thundering juggernaut of unstoppable mud and debris swept down upon the sleeping community from the Santa Ynez Mountains above them, crushing everything in its path.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said residents who had stayed behind or tried to check on damage in neighbourhoods had hindered the recovery effort.


"We were all exhausted of it", he said. "You have to start accepting the reality of that".

"I thought I was dead there for a minute", the mud-caked girl told rescuers, NBC reported. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.

She is survived by two adult children and three grandchildren.

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. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said Tuesday night that Montecito would be without potable water, electricity and sanitation "for an extended period of time". He had been on the list of missing persons. The roofs of some homes in canyon runoff areas were encased in mud, which has now dried.

Ms Benitez lived with her sister-in-law, Marilyn Ramos, 27, who was asleep with her daughter, Kaelly, 3, when mud crashed through their Montecito rental home, carrying both to their deaths. In one upscale neighborhood, firefighters warned each other of below-ground pools, which have turned into watery traps for the unwary.

Billy Grokenberger lives in a part of Montecito that was under a voluntary evacuation order. They've got power back, limited cell phone service and food for their six dogs and 20 chickens.

The area is home to a number of celebrities, including actor Rob Lowe, chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and TV personality and actor Oprah Winfrey.

Related News:

  • Rio Tinto (RIO) Given a GBX 4000 Price Target at UBS Group

    Rio Tinto (RIO) Given a GBX 4000 Price Target at UBS Group

    The stock of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST) has "Buy" rating given on Monday, January 11 by Stifel Nicolaus. Riverpoint Capital Management Llc sold 9,374 shares as the company's stock declined 9.05% while stock markets rallied.
    Goldman: Cryptocurrencies May Succeed as Form of Real Money

    Goldman: Cryptocurrencies May Succeed as Form of Real Money

    If a massive sell-off from highly overvalued ICO projects and digital asset occurs, the money will not flow into fiat currencies. While I invested Rs 20,000 in Bitcoin and got a small fraction, I got 10 Ripples for Rs 9,00, as I brought them a week ago.
    Brexit: Nigel Farage says second referendum would

    Brexit: Nigel Farage says second referendum would "kill off" remainers

    Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, said: "I was really surprised to hear Nigel Farage calling for a second referendum". His views were echoed by, whose Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency voted to remain in the 2016 referendum.
  • Pepsico Inc (NYSE:PEP) Q3 2017 Sentiment

    TowneBank provides retail and commercial banking services for small- and medium-size businesses, professionals, and individuals. With 915,200 avg volume, 5 days are for Switch Incorporated (NYSE:SWCH)'s short sellers to cover SWCH's short positions.

    United Continental (UAL) Upgraded by Standpoint Research to "Buy"

    The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Tuesday, January 23rd. At the session level, shares of United Continental Holdings, Inc .(NYSE: UAL ) moved 2.96% from the open.
    Huge Underground Ice Sheets Discovered on Mars

    Huge Underground Ice Sheets Discovered on Mars

    A scarp likely grows wider and taller as it "retreats", due to sublimation of the ice directly from solid form into water vapour. The size of the deposit, however, means that it will be a very long time before it completely sublimates into the atmosphere.
  • Whittaker withdraws from Perth's UFC 221

    Whittaker withdraws from Perth's UFC 221

    Romero will fight for an interim strap with the victor facing Whittaker in a unification bout later in 2018. Whittaker was scheduled to take on former champion Luke Rockhold in UFC 221 at Perth Arena on February 11.
    Components for life disclosed in meteorites

    Components for life disclosed in meteorites

    A halite crystal found in a meteorite, which measures less than a millimeter across. The results were published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.

    Clinton Rape Accuser Slams Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Speech: 'Remember This'

    DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday touched on her humble upbringing and childhood wonder in civil rights heroes. Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night.
  • CI Investments Inc. Acquires 2435800 Shares of Bank of America Corp (BAC)

    CI Investments Inc. Acquires 2435800 Shares of Bank of America Corp (BAC)

    Moreover, Hgk Asset Management has 1.64% invested in Bank of America Corporation ( NYSE : BAC ). ( NYSE :KMG) for 127,267 shares. As per Thursday, July 27, the company rating was maintained by FBN Securities. 23,605 were reported by Asset Strategies Inc.
    Jennifer Lopez to bring 'Shades of Blue' character to 'Will & Grace'

    Jennifer Lopez to bring 'Shades of Blue' character to 'Will & Grace'

    She'll be pulling double-duty, actually, guest-starring as both herself and her Shades of Blue character, Detective Harlee Santos. According to Vanity Fair , the 48-year-old superstar is once again making a guest appearance in the romantic comedy.

    Ayalon Holdings Ltd. Increases Position in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA)

    Brean Capital maintained Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA ) on Friday, August 12 with "Buy" rating. Investors purchased shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA ) on weakness during trading on Friday.


Most liked

Dark Souls Announces Remastered Edition, Also Being Released On Nintendo Switch
Rumours also suggest that both Dark Souls 2 and 3 will head to Switch sometime after that, so it's a good time to praise the sun. It's a trilogy that is industry defining, and Japan is getting a suitably stunning box set to celebrate just that.

Basic Stock Data on Bill Barrett Corporation (BBG)
In terms of Buy, Sell or Hold recommendations, Bill Barrett Corp (NYSE:BBG) has analysts' mean recommendation of 2.4. Traders may be narrowing in on the ATR or Average True Range indicator when reviewing technicals. (NYSE:OKE).

Majority don't want Oprah to run
He adds, "What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood". Buzzfeed titled their story as " Seal Mocked Oprah Running For President By Linking Her To Harvey Weinstein ".

Active Stock Momentum: Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL)
Freidheim increased its stake in Delta Air Lines Inc Del (DAL) by 11.8% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 72,393 shares in the company, valued at $4,090,204.50.

Bucking trend, Hyundai bets on hydrogen fuel cell for new auto
However, Hyundai has said that its design allows for more passenger space, improved aerodynamics, acceleration, and efficiency. Aside from California, the auto will most likely be available in South Korea, Australia, and a number of European countries.

Failure to strike deal with European Union 'could cost 500000 jobs'
Comparatively, maintaining the status quo would see migration falling from 232,000 in 2020 to 220,000 a decade later. A Downing Street spokesperson said May provided an overview of the UK's position and update on Brexit negotiations.

Flores is Stoke's first choice as manager
O'Neill and his coaching team agreed contract extensions with the Football Association of Ireland last October. Russell said: "It's been a bit hard with a manager gone who is really well-respected in the club".

IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal…For Now
America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy. The president decided Friday to continue waiving - that is, easing - some economic sanctions against Iran.

Vuzix Blade AR Glasses With Alexa: Interview With Vuzix COO Paul Boris
To use the features of Vuzix's AR glasses, Amazon says owners should be an Amazon subscriber first. In October, Sonos unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa's system for controlling music playback.

Liverpool v Manchester City
And they have shored up their suspect defence by paying an eye-watering £75 million to Southampton for defender Virgil Van Dijk . He is constantly running behind you, and as right back or a centre back, you do not want to run that way the whole game.

Bolt's pal Bailey out to dazzle Bayern
Jupp Heynckes' side sit 14 points clear at the top of the table in pursuit of a sixth successive title. Bayern's season changed dramatically after Carlo Ancelotti left the Allianz Arena.

Bank of America (BAC) Raised to "Buy" at Zacks Investment Research
This buyback authorization permits the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. As previously announced, Bank of America will report its fourth-quarter 2017 financial results on Wednesday, January 17.

Steelers-Jaguars Divisional Round Preview
But much has changed for both teams since that point, and Thomas has emerged as an even more risky target in a Pro Bowl season. Other option to consider - Adam Thielen vs. "All I can think about and worry about is this defense that we are playing".

Tonya Harding admits that she knew of plan to attack Nancy Kerrigan
Harding didn't deny the incident helped create more of a buzz around US women's figure skating. I could care less about that movie than the dirt outside".

Three low-key players the Cavaliers should consider
Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game.