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death toll in montecito mudslide rises to 19, while 101 freeway will remain clos


as the death toll in the montecito mudslides officially increased to 19 on saturday, officials announced that the 101 freeway would remain closed indefinitely.search and rescue crews recovered the body of morgan corey, 25, who was found in debris near mill road about 9 a.m. saturday. she was among at least five people who were still listed as missing, officials said.at a late afternoon news conference at the earl warren fairgrounds, santa barbara fire chief eric peterson spoke about the difficulties and challenges faced by emergency responders in their search for survivors.“i have felt the heartbreak of knowing that even with all of your skill and all of your training and all of your planning, you couldn’t save everybody,” he said. “no one could have planned for the size and scope of what






101 freeway, overwhelmed by montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely


as authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that u.s. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.the 101, a major north-south artery that carries 100,000 vehicles through the central coast each day, was expected to open monday, but officials said cleaning up an approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway was proving more difficult than imagined.“it’s really an overwhelming situation and we don’t want to give an estimate that isn’t accurate,” caltrans spokesman colin jones said.caltrans crews, aided by private contractors and the army corps of engineers, have been working around the clock on the approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway near montecito. crews have removed most of the vehicles abandoned in the storm, inclu






101 freeway, overwhelmed by montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely


as authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that u.s. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.the 101, a key north-south route in california, was tentatively scheduled to reopen on monday, but cleanup efforts have proved more difficult than expected, santa barbara city fire chief pat mcelroy said on saturday.the freeway “will remain closed until we can deal with water flowing from sheared fire hydrants and until we can ascertain the integrity of that roadway,” mcelroy said.crews are working day and night to clear the road, but as they pump water away, more flows in.capt. cindy pontes of the california highway patrol in santa barbara said she flew over the 101 in a helicopter on friday, and almost a mile of it was under wat






101 freeway, overwhelmed by montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely –


as authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that u.s. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.the 101, a major north-south artery that carries 100,000 vehicles through the central coast each day, was expected to open monday, but officials said cleaning up an approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway was proving more difficult than imagined.advertisement"it's really an overwhelming situation and we don't want to give an estimate that isn't accurate," caltrans spokesman colin jones said.caltrans crews, aided by private contractors and the army corps of engineers, have been working around the clock on the approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway near montecito. crews have removed most of the vehicles abandoned in the






many still trapped as death toll rises in montecito mudslides


teams of rescuers waded through hillsides blanketed by mud and debris looking for victims of mudflows that killed at least 17 people as the full scope of california’s deadliest flooding event in several decades came into grim focus.as firefighters dug through battered homes, helicopters searched from the sky for survivors who might be trapped behind roads made impassable by downed power lines and waist-high muck. in the romero canyon area above montecito, scores have been marooned since tuesday morning.as of wednesday afternoon, 17 people remained missing. officials fear the death toll could rise because firefighters have not yet been able to access some areas in the path of the debris flows. intense rain tuesday morning pounded steep terrain burned by the thomas fire just weeks earlier, u






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






5 freeway in sun valley reopens after flooding subsides


all lanes of the 5 freeway in sun valley are now open after heavy flooding caused a shutdown through early saturday morning, california highway patrol officer peter nicholson said. the freeway had been closed since late friday afternoon from lankershim boulevard to sheldon street. crews are still cleaning the remnants of a mudslide on the 210 freeway in altadena after heavy rains friday night. the mudslide was reported at 5:49 p.m. friday night, nicholson said. the wheatland avenue entrance and exit ramps were closed, but expected to reopen around 9 a.m, nicholson said.






families frantically search for loved ones missing in montecito mudslide


as the death toll rose to 15 in the montecito mudslide disaster, family members continue to frantically look for loved ones who might still be missing.at the evacuation center at santa barbara city college on monday night, someone had put up a white posterboard, with “message board” scrawled in black.below, in blue, was scrawled “augie & karen johnson,” with a question mark in front of their names. below and next to it were other names, also with question marks, as people searched for loved ones.one name at the top had been crossed out, with “he is ok” scrawled next to it. people left phone numbers on yellow sticky notes, asking others to please call and sometimes telling them they loved them.when a woman came in trying to find her mother, a volunteer checked the message board.“she wouldn’






today: in montecito, a search for survivors and the fallen


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death toll from slides rises to 15 with daybreak air rescues set to begin in mon


the death toll from a massive debris flow that buried homes and cars under a ... of mud and boulders has risen to 15 in montecito, where local personnel and the u.s. coast guard are planning to continue rescue operations wednesday morning.about 300 people remained stuck in their homes in montecito’s romero canyon neighborhood and authorities planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak wednesday morning.the mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. on 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






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






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






classes canceled after reports of shots fired at cal state san bernardino


authorities were investigating reports of shots fired wednesday evening at cal state san bernardino, officials said.classes were canceled for the evening, while students and faculty were advised in a campus alert to shelter in place. no injuries have been reported.when reached by phone, university spokesman joe gutierrez could not confirm that a shooting actually took place.investigators were searching the campus for one or more possible shooters. on twitter, campus officials urged those stuck in classrooms to stay quiet and to block doors and windows with desks and tables.“do not try to leave campus,” the school’s tech support center said on twitter. “do not call police dispatch at this time.”the incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m. near the visual arts building and the west parkin






oprah winfrey facetimes ellen degeneres for an update on their mudslide-stricken


ellen degeneres’ montecito neighbor oprah winfrey became a special correspondent on “the ellen degeneres show” on wednesday, reporting from the site of their community in central california.degeneres facetimed with winfrey for an episode that aired thursday, and the daytime tv queens discussed the storms that pounded the coastal community this week and the subsequent mudslides that have claimed 17 lives.montecito was still recovering from december’s catastrophic thomas fire, the largest wildfire in the state’s modern history, which left it and the surrounding area vulnerable to devastating mudslides that wiped out homes and buried the 101 freeway.“this room is always so full of positivity and love, and today i really need it,” degeneres told her audience. “so many times over the past 15 ye






california mudslides death toll rises to 19


montecito, calif. — the death toll from the mudslides in a california coastal town rose to 19 on saturday but a man who had also been on the list of missing persons was located alive, authorities said.the body of morgan christine corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in montecito, santa barbara county sheriff bill brown said. her 12-year-old sister, sawyer, had been found dead earlier."we ask that you keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers," brown said.another person who had been on the list of missing, 62-year-old delbert weltzin, was found alive and well, brown said without elaborating on the circumstances.the two developments reduced the number of missing from seven to five."while every hour it remains less likely that we will find anyone alive, there is always hope,"






mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism


santa barbara, calif. (ap) — the california mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the ... of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and the lure of sun-soaked beaches was left reeling.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.“we would be smashing right now,” said manager sean johnson, referring to a typical friday crowd at the restaurant on the edge of santa barbara harbor.but with the 101 freeway clogged by mud and debris, cutting off traffic from southern california, “there is hardly anybody in here,” johnson lamented.most read storiesunlimited digital access






up to 43 people still missing in montecito; dead include four children


rescue crews continued to search thursday for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of montecito’s massive debris field, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.up to 43 people remain unaccounted for following tuesday’s massive mudflow, though officials said that number is highly fluid.earlier thursday, officials placed the number of missing at eight. they increased that number after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation shelters. others who were found, or identified among the dead, were crossed off.“it’s a constantly moving number,” said santa barbara county sheriff bill brown, adding that he expected the death toll to rise.the mudslide killed at least 17 people and destroyed scores of homes. santa barbara county sheriff’s o






up to 43 people still missing in montecito; dead include four children


rescue crews continued to search thursday for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of montecito’s massive debris field, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.up to 43 people remain unaccounted for following tuesday’s massive mudflow, though officials said that number is highly fluid.earlier thursday, officials placed the number of missing at eight. they increased that number after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation shelters. others who were found, or identified among the dead, were crossed off.“it’s a constantly moving number,” said santa barbara county sheriff bill brown, adding that he expected the death toll to rise.the mudslide killed at least 17 people and destroyed scores of homes. santa barbara county sheriff’s o






mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism


santa barbara, calif. — the california mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the ... of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and the lure of sun-soaked beaches was left reeling.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."we would be smashing right now," said manager sean johnson, referring to a typical friday crowd at the restaurant on the edge of santa barbara harbor.but with the 101 freeway clogged by mud and debris, cutting off traffic from southern california, "there is hardly anybody in here," johnson lamented."the big hit," he said, "is people can't get u






'fast' eddie clarke, guitarist and last surviving member of original motorhead l


“fast” eddie clark, the original lead guitarist of the british heavy metal rock band motorhead and the last surviving member of the power trio’s original lineup, has died while being treated for pneumonia. he was 67.motorhead announced on facebook that clarke had died wednesday in a hospital.clarke joined motorhead soon after it was founded in 1975 by former hawkwind bassist ian "lemmy" kilmister. he was the final survivor of the band's classic lineup: lemmy, clarke and drummer phil "philthy animal" taylor.kilmister and taylor both died in 2015.clarke's time in motorhead produced some of the band's biggest hits, including the ferocious anthem "ace of spades."clarke left motorhead in 1982 and later formed the band fastway.a later motorhead guitarist, phil campbell, said on facebook that cla






death toll climbs to over 400 in sierra leone floods | news


the death toll from devastating floods in sierra leone has climbed to more than 400 people with hundreds still missing in the stricken capital.mass burials held in sierra leone for mudslide victimsburials and recovery efforts continued on friday amid the threat of further disaster.the red cross put the death toll at 409 after flooding and mudslides shook freetown on monday morning."today we are counting more than 400 people dead," elhadj as sy, secretary-general of the international federation of red cross and red crescent societies, told reporters in geneva.jens laerke, spokesman for the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in geneva, said the toll "may rise", noting the number of people still missing.the un humanitarian agency said it still hopes to find survivors "but






death toll climbs to over 400 in sierra leone floods | news


the death toll from devastating floods in sierra leone has climbed to more than 400 people with hundreds still missing in the stricken capital.mass burials held in sierra leone for mudslide victimsburials and recovery efforts continued on friday amid the threat of further disaster.the red cross put the death toll at 409 after flooding and mudslides shook freetown on monday morning."today we are counting more than 400 people dead," elhadj as sy, secretary-general of the international federation of red cross and red crescent societies, saids in geneva.jens laerke, spokesman for the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in geneva, said the toll "may rise", noting the number of people still missing.the un humanitarian agency said it still hopes to find survivors "but the chanc






death toll from montecito mudslide rises to 18


the number of people killed in the montecito mudslides increased to 18 friday as rescuers continued searching for five missing people.authorities said late thursday that roughly 43 people were unaccounted for after heavy rains pounded the thomas fire burn scar this week and unleashed a ... of mud, boulders and debris that destroyed scores of homes. the number of missing had grown, officials said, after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation shelters.many of those people since have been reported safe, according to chris elms, a spokesman for the california department of forestry and fire protection, but the number of people missing remains fluid.“we’re starting to get to the phase where people are actually calling in and saying, ‘if you’re looking for






death toll from montecito mudslide rises to 18


the number of people killed in the montecito mudslides increased to 18 friday as rescuers continued searching for seven missing people.authorities said late thursday that roughly 43 people were unaccounted for after heavy rains pounded the thomas fire burn scar this week and unleashed a ... of mud, boulders and debris that destroyed scores of homes. the number of missing had grown, officials said, after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation shelters.many of those people since have been reported safe, according to chris elms, a spokesman for the california department of forestry and fire protection, but the number of people missing remains fluid.“we’re starting to get to the phase where people are actually calling in and saying, ‘if you’re looking fo






somalia minister says death toll rises to 358 in country’s worst-ever attack


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressmogadishu, somalia (ap) — somalia minister says death toll rises to 358 in country’s worst-ever attack.the associated press






authorities, state media say death toll from typhoon hato in china rises to 9


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressbeijing (ap) — authorities, state media say death toll from typhoon hato in china rises to 9.the associated press






death toll in somalia’s worst attack rises to 512


mogadishu, somalia—the death toll in october’s massive truck bombing in somalia’s capital has reached 512 people, according to the committee tasked with looking into the country’s worst-ever attack.the committee’s report, obtained by the associated press, said another 312 people were wounded in the mogadishu bombing and 62 people remain missing.somalia’s...






deadly california slide swept mother, daughter to deaths


montecito, calif. — a young mother asleep with her 3-year-old daughter as her 10-year-old nephew slumbered nearby were among the 18 people killed in a devastating mudslide that brought tragedy and sorrow to the small, wealthy california enclave of montecito.other victims included a 22-year-old woman who died in the arms of her brother as he frantically tried to save her after their father was swept to his death by the fast-moving river of mud.here are their stories and those of others in a community where victims ranged from captains of industry to the people who manicure their lawns.marilyn ramos was asleep in bed with her 3-year-old daughter, kaelly benitez, when the deadly mudslide came crashing through their montecito rental home, carrying both to their deaths.also killed was kaelly's






the latest: contamination closes beaches in mudslide area


montecito, calif. — the latest on the california mudslide disaster (all times local):5:45 p.m.fourteen beaches in santa barbara county are closed to swimmers because of contamination from deadly floods in the coastal foothills.county health officials announced thursday that ocean bacterial levels are above standard levels along dozens of miles of coast, from gaviota state beach to carpinteria state beach.until further notice, visitors can walk the sands but they're urged to stay out of the water because storm and mudslide runoff may have brought raw sewage and chemicals to the sea.even wrecked cars have been swept onto beaches.meanwhile, a mandatory evacuation zone was expanded thursday to keep the public out of the way of rescue and relief efforts in mudslide-stricken montecito.county she






death toll rises to 360 in mexico earthquake


mexico city (ap) — the death toll from mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen by two and now stands at 360.it includes 219 deaths in mexico city, where 38 buildings collapsed during the temblor.the rest of the casualties came in five states near the capital.national civil defense chief luis felipe puente reported the new toll saturday on twitter.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






sierra leone mudslides 'kill more than 1,000' | news


more than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flooding that hit sierra leone's capital, freeport, nearly two weeks ago, according to a local leader and a minister.the government had earlier put the death toll for the august 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while rescuers and aid groups warned that many of the more than 600 people missing would likely not survive."over 1,000 perished in the mudslide and flood disaster, and we will never know the exact number now," elenoroh jokomie metzger, the head of the women of regent, said on sunday during services honouring the disaster's victims.regent is an area on the outskirts of freetown where the mudslide hit. read more: after the mudslides - sierra leone's body collectors hundreds of burials have taken place, while rescue and recovery efforts h






sierra leone mudslides 'kill more than 1,000' | news


more than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flooding that hit sierra leone's capital, freetown, nearly two weeks ago, according to a local leader and a minister.the government had earlier put the death toll for the august 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while rescuers and aid groups warned that many of the more than 600 people missing would likely not survive."over 1,000 perished in the mudslide and flood disaster, and we will never know the exact number now," elenoroh jokomie metzger, the head of the women of regent, said on sunday during services honouring the disaster's victims.regent is an area on the outskirts of freetown where the mudslide hit. read more: after the mudslides - sierra leone's body collectors hundreds of burials have taken place, while rescue and recovery efforts h






death toll in northern nigeria suicide bombing at mosque rises to 50, police say


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presslagos, nigeria (ap) — death toll in northern nigeria suicide bombing at mosque rises to 50, police say.the associated press






death toll from blast in somalia’s capital rises to 53, security and medical sou


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressmogadishu, somalia (ap) — death toll from blast in somalia’s capital rises to 53, security and medical sources say.the associated press






small plane crashes on 405 freeway outside los angeles


irvine, calif. -- a small, twin-engine plane has crashed on the 405 freeway outside los angeles, cbs los angeles reports.the crash was first reported at 10 a.m.john wayne airport tweeted that the nearby freeway has been closed in both directions "due to debris on the roadway." the airport will remain closed to arrivals until further notice.a passer-by shared a photo of the crash with his followers on twitter.firefighters said two people were injured from the crash.the cause of the crash was being investigated.






death toll from harvey rises to 31 as harris county, texas, says autopsies confi


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presshouston (ap) — death toll from harvey rises to 31 as harris county, texas, says autopsies confirm six more fatalities.the associated press






mum covers anti-homeless spikes in manchester with cushions


image copyrightjennie plattimage caption jennie platt said she got a bee in her bonnet after the spikes were installed on marsden street a mother incensed at the installation of anti-homeless metal spikes outside a manchester building has hit out at the owner - with cushions.jennie platt, from prestwich, got "a bee in her bonnet" after reading about the spikes on marsden street in the manchester evening news.she recruited her sons george, 11, and sam, 10, and they "piled down to primark" to buy cushions to cover them."this is not the mancunian thing, it's not how we treat people," she said.rough sleeping rises at 'appalling rate'what are the best ways of helping homeless people?ms platt, who is an estate agent, added: "the building owners are treating human beings like pigeons."i woke up o