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crews slowly making progress removing debris after mudslides


montecito, calif. — recovery crews are slowly making progress digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees in a california community that was ravaged by deadly mudslides, but officials said they've removed enough debris from creek canals to prevent another potential disaster when the next rainstorm hits.workers were using backhoes, jackhammers and chain saws to clear the debris in monticeto, nearly a week after a powerful storm sent flash floods cascading through mountain slopes that were burned bare by a huge wildfire in december. at least 19 people were killed and five others were reported missing.in addition to trying to find those who are still missing after tuesday morning's storm, crews have made it a top priority to clear out debris basins and creek canals before another r






50,000 l.a. residents are still without power, and amtrak is expected to resume


utility crews were still working to restore power to about 50,000 los angeles residents as of 2 p.m. saturday. “there was a lot of wind, there was a lot of downed wires and that kind of operation does take time, ”said l.a. department of water and power spokeswoman kim hughes. “we’re working as quickly ... as possible, with safety in mind.” more than 82,000 ladwp customers were without power when the storm was at its worst on friday afternoon, according to an ladwp statement. the department expects most of the remaining customers to get their power back in the next 12 to 24 hours, the statement says. meanwhile, amtrak may resume service between san luis obispo and los angeles on saturday night after the route was closed saturday morning . "due to mudslides and other weather related fac






difficult search goes on in california mudslides for 7 still missing


crews dug away at masses of mud, boulders and debris with earth-moving machines and shovels saturday in a california town ravaged by mudslides, hoping to find seven people still missing in a disaster that has already claimed at least 18 lives.the army of searchers and recovery workers in montecito swelled to more than 2,000 five days after a powerful storm swept in from the pacific and dumped a deluge on mountain slopes above the coastal enclave that were burned bare by a huge wildfire in december.the backbreaking work went on under the sunny skies that have made the stretch of santa barbara county coast about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of los angeles a haven for the wealthy, celebrities and tourists drawn to its scenery and casual vibe."we have to do whatever it takes," said capt






los angeles times


bill patzert, climatologist for nasa's jet propulsion laboratory in la cañada flintridge, said mudslides are par for the course in this region.“there are four seasons in california – drought, followed by fire, followed by floods, followed by mudslides,” he said. “that’s the normal sequence that we live with, unfortunately.”patzert said the worst debris flows happen during an “atmospheric river event,” when 6-10 inches of rain falls in the course of two or three days. it’s fortunate, he said, that tuesday’s mudslides weren’t preceded by more rain. it could have been worse.






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypiles of debris found on the south service road of sunrise highway in moriches, just west of moriches-middle island road. brookhaven crews removed the debris on march 10, 2017. (credit: brookhaven councilman dan panico) brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.town crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise...






niles canyon road in fremont still closed after mudslides – the mercury news


fremont — a major section of a key commute highway remained closed through wednesday morning, and crews did not have an estimate for when it would be reopened.crews continued to remove debris left from flooding and mudslides and kept a 4-mile stretch of niles canyon road, caltrans spokesman bob haus said. the road closed from main street in sunol to mission boulevard in fremont on tuesday because of the flooding.niles canyon road, also known as state rout 84, is a split-section highway that runs from menlo park in san mateo county to livermore in alameda county — while running through fremont and niles canyon.access to palomares road between palo verde road in castro valley and niles canyon road in fremont also remained impassable, because of a mud slide.check back for updates.contact rick






the latest: 2 killed by mudslides in california deluge


los angeles — the latest on storms in california (all times local):8:45 a.m.authorities say two people have been killed by a mudslide that has destroyed homes during a powerful southern california storm.santa barbara county fire department capt. dave zaniboni says the bodies were found in mud and debris during rescue operations tuesday in montecito northwest of los angeles.zaniboni says several homes were swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for in neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.crews are working to clear debris from a key stretch of u.s. 101 that was shut down along the border of santa barbara and ventura counties.__7:20 a.m.several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into southern californ






hundreds missing in sierra leone mudslides likely dead


freetown, sierra leone (ap) — survivors picking through the debris of sierra leone’s deadly mudslides are facing the reality that most, if not all, of the estimated 600 people missing are dead.the death toll is already above 450 from the flooding and mudslides in the capital, freetown, early monday.large-scale-burials have begun amid rainy weather and the threat of further mudslides.rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors “are getting smaller every day.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the government in recent days has warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack has opened. authorities have told local media that thousands of people live in areas at risk, and the main focus is making sure people leave before further dis






rain unleashes risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged california


santa rosa, calif. — storms brought rain to california on monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities, driving property owners to stack sandbags in devastated northern wine country areas and leading authorities to order evacuations for southern california neighborhoods below hillsides burned by the state's largest wildfire in history.forecasters issued a flash flood watch for parts for sonoma and mendocino counties north of san francisco, warning that heavy rainfall could trigger mudslides in areas devastated by october wildfires. the blazes leveled entire neighborhoods, killing 44 people and destroying more than 8,900 homes and other buildings."city crews are actively driving around looking for signs of any flooding, mudslides, things of that nature. they are ma






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypiles of a debris -- including blue golf balls -- were found on the south service road of sunrise highway in moriches, just west of moriches-middle island road. on march 10, 2017, town crews removed more than 200 tons of debris. according to brookhaven town councilman dan panico, anyone found guilty of the illegal dumping will face stiff penalties.  brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.town crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise...






atlanta traffic horror: crews razing fallen highway overpass


atlanta (ap) — as crews rushed to clear debris from a major atlanta interstate span that collapsed in a raging fire, commuters in the southeast’s largest city braced for the first full workweek without the key link to some of the city’s biggest suburbs.officials pledged after thursday’s collapse of a 350-foot section of interstate 85 that a replace bridge would be built as soon as possible. but crews were working around the clock again sunday to finish removing scorched debris from the collapsed northbound span and removing the southbound span weakened by the blaze.after that, a replacement bridge could take months to build.the fire was started by a man smoking crack under the bridge in an area north of downtown atlanta where the state of georgia stores noncombustible, construction materia






atlanta traffic horror: crews razing fallen highway overpass


atlanta — as crews rushed to clear debris from a major atlanta interstate span that collapsed in a raging fire, commuters in the southeast's largest city braced for the first full workweek without the key link to some of the city's biggest suburbs.officials pledged after thursday's collapse of a 350-foot section of interstate 85 that a replace bridge would be built as soon as possible. but crews were working around the clock again sunday to finish removing scorched debris from the collapsed northbound span and removing the southbound span weakened by the blaze.after that, a replacement bridge could take months to build.the fire was started by a man smoking crack under the bridge in an area north of downtown atlanta where the state of georgia stores noncombustible, construction materials, a






montecito braced for fire, but mud was a more stealthy, deadly threat


when the thomas fire swept down from the los padres national forest and took aim at this coastal town in december, the looming disaster was impossible to miss.powerful winds picked up, smoke shielded the sun and brought an eerie darkness to the landscape, and towers of flames could be seen in the distance. thousands of residents fled as what would become the largest fire on record in california pushed to the pacific ocean. dozens of homes were lost in the montecito area, but no one died.the mudslides that followed the fire this week were a much more stealthy and ultimately lethal threat. though residents had been warned about heavy rain and potential debris flows, many took the threat far less seriously than the fires. and when the earth started moving, there was nowhere to run.los angeles






california's highway 50 closed by mudslides in sierra


kyburz, calif. (ap) — a key mountain route between sacramento and south lake tahoe is closed indefinitely because of a series of mudslides.caltrans said monday that crews are clearing three major slides and several smaller ones along a 30-mile stretch of highway 50.the highway is closed in both directions between the communities of pollock pines and strawberry in el dorado county. workers on steep slopes are contending with hillsides that are sodden and loose from recent storms.the sacramento bee reports (http://bit.ly/2l40agi) a mudslide sunday near kyburz was more than 400 feet long.to the north, interstate 80 has also seen intermittent closures because of heavy snow and mudslides.






the latest: puerto rico digs out as flood threat continues


san juan, puerto rico — the latest on hurricane maria (all times local):11:35 a.m.people in puerto rico are slowly digging out from hurricane maria.many streets are blocked by downed trees and power lines. in some places, the roads are impassable because of floodwaters and people are getting around on rafts and kayaks. but there are also signs of life.people are removing their storm shutters. lines are forming at the few restaurants that have generator power. they are a mix of tourist and locals as well as families with small children. crews are visible throughout the island clearing debris and assessing damage.___11:15 a.m.forecasters say a severe flood threat is continuing across puerto rico as hurricane maria's outer rain bands pelt the island.senior hurricane specialist mike brennan at






houston is open for business — sort of


many residents remain out of their homes and some streets are awash in debris. but the city and the region were making progress.        






essential california: remembering the victims of montecito's mudslides


good morning, and welcome to the essential california newsletter. it is saturday, jan. 13. here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:top storiestheir stories: the 17 victims identified in the montecito mudslides were children and retirees, immigrants and longtime residents, united by the mud and debris that crashed through their neighborhood early tuesday. peter fleurat and his partner lalo barajas wanted to ride out the storm together. early tuesday, a wave of mud and debris punched through their wall. the force of the debris flow sucked them both out of the house. barajas survived with cuts, bruises and a sprained neck. fleurat’s body was discovered wednesday. los angeles timescontinued rescue efforts: the death toll rises to 18 as hope fades for the missing. los angeles timesdiffe






highway 1 bridge demolition progresses, slowly


big sur –  pfeiffer canyon bridge is falling down … very slowly.the crew demolishing the bridge made considerable progress thursday, at least in comparison to when work began monday.workers modified the crane wednesday by installing two new valves, extending the crane another 75 feet and removing one piece of the crane, which enabled them to resume the demolition late that afternoon, according to caltrans spokesman jim shivers.“we now have the free fall with the velocity and the power that we had hoped,” he said.the 6,000-pound wrecking ball smashed through most of the concrete in the crease where the bridge had buckled at its northern end by late thursday morning. but the rebar underneath that asphalt helped hold the bridge together and keep it standing.“i think it’s a testament to the en






death toll rises to 17 in montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides


the death toll from massive debris flows that buried homes and cars under a ... of mud and boulders rose to 17 in montecito, where local personnel and the u.s. coast guard continued rescue operations wednesday afternoon.about 300 people who were stuck in their homes in montecito’s romero canyon neighborhood throughout the debris field were rescued tuesday night. authorities had said late tuesday that residents were still stuck and that first responders planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak.the mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. tuesday, when intense rains dislodged boulders and caused heavy mudflow along hillsides that were scarred by the sprawling thomas fire late last year. a number of homes were ripped from their foundations, with some pulled more than half a mile by water and






death toll hits 15 in california mudslides as about 100 houses destroyed; 24 mis


anxious family members awaited word on loved ones wednesday as rescue crews searched for two dozen people missing after mudslides in southern california destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 15 victims dead."it's just waiting and not knowing, and the more i haven't heard from them — we have to find them," said kelly weimer, whose elderly parents' home was wrecked by the ... of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into this coastal town in santa barbara county early tuesday.the drenching storm that triggered the disaster had cleared out, giving way to sunny skies, as searchers worked carefully in a landscape strewn with hazards."we've gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.most populartown crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise highway service road near moriches-middle island road in moriches, brookhaven waste management commissioner matt miner said. an additional 76 tons of debris were removed from north street in manorville.the material was enough to fill eight or nine tractor-trailers, miner said. he said no arrests have been made.photographs released by town councilman dan panico showed mounds in moriches containing






hope fades for those still buried by montecito mudslide


at least 18 people have died in the montecito mudslides and seven people were still unaccounted for friday, as hope waned that any survivors remained amid muck, boulders and toppled trees.rescuers continued to dig through the tangled wreckage of vehicles and homes, searching for human remains or survivors. santa barbara county sheriff bill brown said crews had found another victim, 87-year-old joseph francis bleckel, in his home in the romero canyon area about 11:30 a.m. friday.bleckel had previously been listed as missing. the number missing has fluctuated widely in the aftermath of heavy rains that pounded the thomas fire burn scar this week and unleashed a ... of mud, boulders and debris that destroyed scores of homes:authorities had said late thursday that roughly 43 people were unacco






death toll hits 17, more than a dozen missing in california mudslides


anxious family members awaited word on loved ones wednesday as rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in southern california destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left at least 17 victims dead."it's just waiting and not knowing, and the more i haven't heard from them — we have to find them," said kelly weimer, whose elderly parents' home was wrecked by the ... of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into the coastal town of montecito in santa barbara county early tuesday.the drenching storm that triggered the disaster gave way to sunny skies, as hundreds of searchers carefully combed a messy landscape strewn with hazards."we've gotten multiple reports of rescuers fall






counties scrambling after storm clean-up crews head south


sarasota, fla. (ap) — as mountains of garbage piles up from hurricane irma, counties across florida say that companies they hired to remove debris won’t show up because they can make a lot more money doing the work in south florida. the herald tribune reports a half-dozen trucks arrived this week as reinforcements to help thinly stretched crews cleaning up thousands of tons of storm debris scattered across sarasota county after hurricane irma.but they didn’t pick up a thing.instead, those trucks rumbled south, where other counties are paying double sarasota’s pre-storm contract rate of $8 per cubic yard of debris, they told sarasota county officials.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.officials in six counties — alachua, hendry, indian river, manatee, orange and saras






rescuers search montecito as time runs out for those missing in huge mudslides


in hard hats and gloves, the rescuers inched along the west side of montecito creek on thursday, looking for signs of people buried in the rubble.a red fluid trickled through the water at a culvert now packed with boulders. robert stine, the search manager, marked the spot on a gps. later, he’d have a search dog sniff it.“it could be blood, or it might not be,” stine said. “we can’t tell.”about 20 feet down, in the creek, a searcher spotted a piece of a white sock with a blue stripe, caked in mud.“we got an article of clothing!” he shouted, spray-painting a nearby rock orange. again, stine saved the coordinates.wally skalij / los angeles timesrescue workers find a sock amid the mud and debris along montecito creek after a major storm caused deadly mudslides this week.rescue workers find a






two dead amid california heavy rains and mudslides


image copyrightlos angeles pdimage caption burned out areas from wildfires are more susceptible to flooding and mudflow at least two people are dead amid mudslides in southern california, where heavy rains triggered flooding and massive run-off, us media report."waist-deep" mudslides in areas scorched by wildfires last month shut down more than 30 miles (48km) of the main coastal highway, officials say. emergency crews are working to rescue multiple people trapped in vehicles and homes, a santa barbara official said.at least eight people were injured and thousands have fled ahead of the rain.heavy rain run-off caused waist-deep mudflow in the montecito, where some homes were knocked from their foundations, santa barbara county fire department spokesman mike eliason told the los angeles tim






chicago extends street sweeping ahead of winter season


chicago (ap) — chicago officials say city crews will extend the number of days they clear debris from the streets before winter settles in.the chicago street sweeping season usually ends on the friday before thanksgiving. this year, they’ll keep at it until dec. 8.officials with chicago department of streets and sanitation say a recent snow storm blew leaves into the streets. they say it’s important to clear the debris to make sure catch basins don’t get blocked and they can prevent ice build-up on city streets.last winter’s milder conditions allowed crews to continue street cleaning during the winter months.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksin january, city crews swept approximately 4,400 miles compared to 275 miles in the previous january.






death toll over 230 in colombian mudslide as rescuers search for missing


rescuers seek people among the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains in mocoa, putumayo department, southern colombia on april 1, 2017. massive mudslides left more than 200 dead and hundreds of injured and disappeared on saturday in southern colombia, after heavy rains that have affected the andean region, especially peru and ecuador. more than 100 soldiers and national police officers are taking part in the search as at least 100 people remain missing in the southern colombia town which is near the border of ecuador.colombian president juan manuel santos has declared a state of emergency and said that 43 children are among those killed.people stare at damages caused by mudslides following heavy rains in mocoa, putumayo department, southern colombia on april 2, 2017. the death tol






officials to stop oroville dam outflow to clear debris


oroville, calif. — california water authorities will cut the outflow from a dam to allow workers to remove debris piled at the base of its main spillway.the department of water resources said sunday it will start gradually reducing outflows from the oroville dam in northern california starting monday morning and completely stop them by the afternoon.it says it will stop the outflow from the nation's tallest dam for several days to allow workers to clear debris and silt from a pool at the bottom of the spillway. removing the debris will protect a shuttered underground hydroelectric plant and allow it to resume operations.the department says the reservoir's water level has been reduced by 60 feet since feb. 12, when nearly 200,000 people were evacuated for fear an emergency spillway could fa






international partnerships to address orbital debris in absence of broader accor


washington — international cooperation in dealing with the growing problem or orbital debris is essential, a panel of experts argued, but said not to expect a comprehensive accord on the issue for the foreseeable future. at a discussion about international approaches to orbital debris, organized by the aerospace corporation here sept. 21, panelists from the united states and several other nations emphasized bilateral and multilateral approaches over comprehensive international accords, like a proposed international code of conduct for outer space activities. that proposed code, introduced by the european union in 2008, included a number of provisions intended to reduce the chance of collisions and minimizing the creation of debris, either though accidental or deliberate actions. while the






death toll rises to 15 montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides


the death toll from a massive debris flow that buried homes and cars under a ... of mud and boulders rose to 15 in montecito, where local personnel and the u.s. coast guard continued rescue operations wednesday morning.about 300 people remained stuck in their homes in montecito’s romero canyon neighborhood and throughout the debris field, where authorities launched helicopter rescues at daybreak.the mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. tuesday, when intense rains dislodged boulders and caused heavy mudflow along hillsides that were scarred by the sprawling thomas fire late last year. a number of homes were ripped from their foundations, with some pulled more than a half-mile by water and mud before they broke apart.“it looked like a world war i battlefield,” santa barbara county sheriff bill b






oroville reservoir reaches 'pivot point,' state water official says


for the first time since a crisis at oroville reservoir forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people almost three weeks ago, engineers reactivated a vital hydroelectric plant at the base of the towering dam on friday.renewed operation of the hyatt powerplant follows a frantic five-day race to remove tons of debris that posed a hazard to the facility’s massive turbines.now that enough debris has been cleared, dam operators can safely release water into the feather river without using the facility’s badly damaged main spillway.the water releases will also ensure the survival of millions of steelhead chinook salmon downstream, officials say.“this is a pivot point in how we’re managing inflows into the river,” said dwr acting director bill croyle.since monday, crews have worked round the






mudslides? been there, done that, one duarte teenager says


for 18-year-old noah renella, the threat of mudslides outside his home in duarte has become too common to freak him out. renella lives with five other family members in a home across the street from valley view elementary school and said his house has been caught in the middle of recent mudslides. still, renella said, he isn't worried. previous mudslides caused damage to his car, but he didn't think this storm was strong enough to cause as much havoc. renella said that on thursday night, police officers notified neighbors that their area would be under an evacuation order. but his family decided to stay put. "the worst is over, it doesn't seem too bad this time because we have barricades," he said.






'like a wwi battlefield:' 13 dead as mudslides wipe away homes in fire-ravaged s


by max ufberg,eli rosenberg and marwa eltagouri |the washington postmontecito – mudslides, floods and cascading debris swept away buildings, inundated roads and killed 13 people in southern california as thousands of residents of an area recently devastated by wildfires were forced to flee their homes from the potent forces unleashed by yet another disaster.some 25 people were injured, with many more in danger across the region as hills left barren after weeks of fires were transformed by rainstorms early tuesday morning into fast-moving rivers of mud and debris.“the only words i can really think of to describe what it looked was it looked like a world war i battlefield,” said santa barbara county sheriff bill brown at a news conference tuesday afternoon. “it was literally a carpet of mud






danger shifts as pounding rains hit southern california – los angeles times


southern california found itself in a familiar position tuesday morning — enduring hours of pounding rain leading to mudslides in areas recently burned by wildfires.this a common pattern in the southland, especially as the fall fire season gives way to the winter rainy season.but the region is particularly vulnerable now after a december that included the thomas fire, the largest ever recorded in california history. evacuation orders in thomas fire zone los angeles timesthat fire burned a huge swath of ventura and santa barbara counties. and overnight, there were numerous mudslides reported, closing roads including the 101 freeway in ventura.here’s an explainer about what is happening:what causes mudflows?soil in a burned area can be repellent to water, creating a floodlike flow on the gro






hundreds missing as deadly mudslides hit colombia | colombia news


hundreds of people are missing after ... ial rains triggered mudslides in southern colombia, killing at least 24 people, according to authorities.sorrel aroca, the governor of putumayo, an area near the country's border with ecuador, said at least 65 people were injured after a river flooded on midnight friday in mocoa, a city of 350,000 people.he told the local radio station w radio that "whole neighbourhoods were missing" and "hundreds of families" had yet to be found.videos and pictures uploaded to twitter showed wood planks, mud and piles of rubble from destroyed buildings littering mocoa's streets.colombia's national disaster agency warned the death toll could rise.carlos ivan marquez, the director of the national disaster agency, told the afp news agency that a crisis group, includin






crews begin removing more than 300 civil war-era cannonballs in pa.


pittsburgh -- construction crews began wednesday removing more than 300 civil war-era cannonballs found underground a construction site in central pennsylvania.the hundreds of cannonballs buried underground are a stark reminder of history, but when they show up during excavation for new apartments, that's a little different, cbs pittsburgh reports. crews initially found a few of the black powder filled cannonballs, but that quickly changed to more than 300.it's a delicate process that will take several says. "even though these things are 200-plus years old, we are using safety precautions," said nick leonello, of franjo construction. the cannonballs were found in lawrenceville last month and they are believed to be pre-civil war. contractors happened upon them while digging up the site, an






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol