Hope fades for mud survivors

Rescue workers enter properties to look for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito California

Hope fades for mud survivors

The mudslides have left 17 people dead and at least eight missing, according to state emergency officials. He searched through debris at her now-destroyed home until receiving confirmation of her death.

And rescue teams were still slogging through the mud, hunting for the missing and assessing the damage.

"I have been through some experiences in my life, this is right up there with them, I gotta tell you". "Literally. Ran for my life".

This is the terrifying moment a flash flood brought mud and debris barreling down a Southern California street. About a block up from Farrell's home, firefighters were helping Devon Crail and his wife, Tiare, retrieve items from his parents' house.

The search for victims of the disaster has carried on in Montecito, where crews are labouring to fix power, water and gas lines as well as clean up massive debris. "We're going to do what we do", she told DeGeneres.

In a statement to KSBY-6 News, Cottage Health said, "We're very saddened by the death of Dr. Mark Montgomery, who was a member of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Montgomery was a respected orthopedic surgeon who specialized in hand surgery".

"The next storm will come", he added, "we don't know what it will be".

[I] ntense wildfires transform rich soil into a dense, water-repellent surface.

After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil create a water repellent layer which blocks water absorption.

The disaster was already unfolding when Santa Barbara County officials sent out their first cellphone alert at 3:50 a.m. County emergency manager Jeff Gater said officials decided not to send one sooner out of concern it might not be taken seriously.

One missing person was found alive on Saturday but chances were dwindling fast that more survivors could still be located from the torrent of mud and debris that struck on Tuesday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

It's unclear how many people actually got the alert.

Rescue workers are using helicopters and all-terrain vehicles in a search hampered by blocked roads and downed trees and power lines.

Residents of the area received multiple warnings of possible flash floods on social media and by email, however only an estimated 10-15% of residents evacuated prior to the worst of the storm.

Many residents chose to stay.

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.

But when the earth began to move, it was too late. The fire started more than a month ago.

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