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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 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, officials said. she was among at least five people who were still listed as missing.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.






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at least 19 people are dead and five remain missing after heavy rains pounded southern california, unleashing mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month.as the death toll in the montecito mudslides increased today, officials announced that the 101 freeway will remain closed indefinitely.meanwhile, portraits of the victims are beginning to emerge.






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


as the death toll in the montecito mudslides 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 olive mill road about 9 a.m. saturday, officials said. she was among at least five people who were still listed as missing.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 a 200






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


as the death toll in the montecito mudslides 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 olive mill road about 9 a.m. saturday, officials said. she was among at least five people who were still listed as missing.at a late afternoon news conference at the earl warren fairgrounds, santa barbara county 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 wha






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


as the death toll in the montecito mudslides 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 olive mill road about 9 a.m. saturday, officials said. she was among at least five people who were still listed as missing.advertisementat 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






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 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






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






southern california storm: death toll in montecito mudslide rises to 19, while 1


in the 27 years since joining the los angeles fire department, hollyn bullock has reported for search-and-rescue duty for tragedies like the world trade center terrorist attack in new york, hurricane katrina and the deadly train derailment in chatsworth that claimed 25 lives.on friday, the veteran firefighter joined a team scouring through the wreckage of the latest disaster. seventeen people were dead after mudslides tore through the santa barbara county community of montecito. at least five remained missing.and so, along a sodden, debris-tangled corner just east of the 101 freeway, bullock and others searched on.“honestly, i feel fulfilled, even blessed to have been given the opportunity to get in there and help people in times of crisis,” she said as fellow firefighters hosed contaminat






death toll from montecito mudslides climbs to 20, as authorities continue search


the death toll in the montecito mudslides climbed to 20 on sunday, as officials continued to work to clear the mud and debris-strewn 101 freeway, which has been closed indefinitely.the body of the latest victim, who has not been identified, was discovered as authorities continued to search for several people still missing from the deluge, officials said. at least four other people are still unaccounted for.on saturday, search and rescue crews recovered the body of morgan corey, 25, who was found in debris near olive mill road about 9 a.m., officials said.at an afternoon news conference at the earl warren fairgrounds, santa barbara county fire chief eric peterson spoke about the difficulties and challenges faced by emergency responders in their search for survivors."i have felt the heartbre






death toll from montecito mudslides climbs to 20, as authorities continue search


the death toll in the montecito mudslides climbed to 20 on sunday, as officials continued to work to clear the mud and debris-strewn 101 freeway, which has been closed indefinitely.the body of the latest victim, who has not been identified, was discovered as authorities continued to search for several people still missing from the deluge, officials said. at least four other people are still unaccounted for.at least 296 buildings were damaged or destroyed by last week’s mudslides, officials said sunday after a partial, preliminary inspection. that includes 73 homes that were destroyed and 61 others that sustained major damage.inspectors have completed about 35% of their assessments for residential and commercial buildings. as authorities continue to survey affected areas, the number of buil






death toll from montecito mudslides climbs to 20, as authorities continue search


the death toll in the montecito mudslides climbed to 20 on sunday, as officials continued to work to clear the mud and debris-strewn 101 freeway, which has been closed indefinitely.the body of the latest victim, who has not been identified, was discovered as authorities continued to search for several people still missing from the deluge, officials said. at least four other people are still unaccounted for.advertisementon saturday, search and rescue crews recovered the body of morgan corey, 25, who was found in debris near olive mill road about 9 a.m., officials said.at an afternoon news conference at the earl warren fairgrounds, santa barbara county fire chief eric peterson spoke about the difficulties and challenges faced by emergency responders in their search for survivors."i have felt






another lesson from montecito — even in semi-arid southern california, we need f


there is an old joke that california's four seasons are earthquake, fire, mudslide and drought. montecito just learned the underlying truth of that crack. wildfire incinerates the vegetation that holds the soil in steep canyons and on hillsides. water plus soil minus vegetation causes mudslide. and because mudslide is soil carried by water, insurance views this as a flood event.






2-year-old girl among those still missing in montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed d


at least four people remain missing monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in montecito.the death toll now stands at 20, nearly a week after the most destructive mudslide in california in decades.on sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim: 30-year-old pinit sutthithepa, whose 6-year-old son, peerawat, was also killed. sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter, lydia, is missing.






after fire and mudslides, montecito struggles; ventura and santa barbara countie


after december’s fires and early january’s floods, any visit to santa barbara county will require homework.caltrans said friday that the 101 freeway, from the ventura-santa barbara county line to south milpas street in santa barbara, would remain closed indefinitely. for updates, check the agency’s website at lat.ms/roadinformation or call (800) 427-7623.amtrak (lat.ms/amtrakservice) on jan. 11 resumed train service between oxnard and santa barbara. while the freeway closure lasts, island packers (islandpackers.com), which usually runs boat trips to the channel islands, is running shuttle service between ventura and santa barbara harbors.though most visitor attractions in ventura and santa barbara counties avoided the fires and floods and have reopened, several are closed. in montecito, wh






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






2-year-old girl among those still missing in montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed d


at least three people remain missing monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in montecito.the death toll now stands at 20, nearly a week after the most destructive mudslide in california in decades.advertisementon sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim: 30-year-old pinit sutthithepa, whose 6-year-old son, peerawat, was also killed. sutthithepa's 2-year-old daughter, lydia, is missing.the santa barbara sheriff's department said monday that a person listed as missing had been found safe in ventura.john "jack" keating, 53, had been in carpinteria, not montecito, when the mudslides hit, the sheriff's department said.authorities said sunday that they had transitioned from search and rescue to search and recovery. for days, they had scou






101 freeway is expected to reopen in a week as search for mudslide victims conti


as the search continued for more victims of the montecito mudslides, officials said they hoped to have the 101 freeway opened by next monday.the freeway, a key north-south route in california, was transformed into a muddy, debris-filled river by the deadly mudslides. officials have spent the last six days trying to remove tons of mud and debris from the roadway.“we’ve made tremendous progress over the last 48 hours,” jim shivers, a spokesman for the california department of transportation, said monday.the freeway has been closed between santa barbara and carpinteria since tuesday’s heavy rains and mudslides, which left at least 20 people dead and destroyed dozens of homes.caltrans officials initially said they expected that the 101, which carries 100,000 vehicles through the central coast






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.






another lesson from montecito — even in semi-arid southern california, we need f


we live in southern california, a semi-arid desert ecosystem. most of us are no more than beach-dweller wannabes who get close to water — the ocean, a river or a lake — by car or bike or bus. there is no possible way that we would need flood insurance, right?well, consider montecito. in addition to the truly tragic loss of life there, more than 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed — inundated or broken apart or swept away — by the mudslides that followed the record-setting thomas fire.you might suppose that insurance for fire loss would automatically cover the loss of those homes and their contents. you would suppose wrong. mudslide usually is excluded from typical home insurance. instead, it is covered by flood insurance. and it is a reasonable bet that few inland montecitans have flo






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






2-year-old girl among those still missing in montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed d


at least four people remain missing monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in montecito.the death toll now stands at 20, nearly a week after the most destructive mudslide in california in decades.on sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim: 30-year-old pinit sutthithepa, whose 6-year-old son, peerawat, was also killed. sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter, lydia, is missing.authorities said sunday that they had transitioned from search and rescue to search and recovery. for days, they had scoured the devastation for signs of life, but hope dwindled of finding more survivors.“this decision was not made lightly,” santa barbara county sheriff bill brown told reporters sunday afternoon.meanwhile, crews continued clear a two-mile stretch of






2-year-old girl among those still missing in montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed d


at least four people remain missing monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in montecito.the death toll now stands at 20, nearly a week after the most destructive mudslide in california in decades.advertisementon sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim: 30-year-old pinit sutthithepa, whose 6-year-old son, peerawat, was also killed. sutthithepa's 2-year-old daughter, lydia, is missing.authorities said sunday that they had transitioned from search and rescue to search and recovery. for days, they had scoured the devastation for signs of life, but hope dwindled of finding more survivors."this decision was not made lightly," santa barbara county sheriff bill brown told reporters sunday afternoon.meanwhile, crews continued clear a two-mi






the latest: 1 killed by rockslide in northern california


montecito, calif. — the latest on deadly debris flows that hit the southern california community of montecito (all times local):8:30 a.m.authorities in northern california say a man died after his car was apparently struck by falling rocks in a landslide tuesday evening in napa county.the california highway patrol reports wednesday that the vehicle went 100 feet (30 meters) down an embankment and crashed off highway 121.the man, who has not been identified, was found dead inside the car.officials say highway 121 between wild horse valley road and wooden valley road remains closed.___5:15 a.m.the death toll from the powerful debris flows that hit the southern california community of montecito has risen to 15.santa barbara county spokeswoman yaneris muniz (myoo'-nihz) confirms two more death






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


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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






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,"






the latest: freeway closed as southern california fire rages


ventura, calif. — the latest on southern california wildfires (all times local):5:15 a.m.authorities have closed a major freeway as flames from the largest and most destructive southern california wildfire churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of los angeles.calmer overnight winds thursday helped crews protect the ventura county resort town of ojai (oh'hi), where most of the 7,000 residents are under evacuation orders.the national weather service says a more favorable wind forecast still calls for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely not to approach historic levels they'd feared.officials closed u.s. 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between ventura and santa barbara counties as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.thou






track key details on southern california storm evacuations and road closures


at least three people are dead and more than 30 miles of the 101 freeway have been closed as heavy rains pound southern california, unleashing mud flows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month. track the latest key details here>>






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






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






california mudslides death toll rises to 19


by michael balsamomontecito (ap) — 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.start your day with the news you need from the bay area and beyond. sign up for our new morning report weekday newsletter.the two developments reduced






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’






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 from montecito mudslides climbs to 20 as authorities transition to 's


the death toll in the montecito mudslides climbed to 20 on sunday, as officials continued to work to clear the mud and debris-strewn u.s. highway 101, which has been closed indefinitely.after days of scouring the devastation looking for signs of life, authorities on sunday transitioned into a search-and-recovery phase as the hope of finding survivors in the muck dwindled.“this decision was not made lightly,” santa barbara county sheriff bill brown told reporters sunday afternoon.the body of the latest victim, identified as 30-year-old pinit sutthithepa, was discovered saturday afternoon as authorities continued to search for several people still missing from the deluge, officials said. at least four other people, including sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter, lydia, are still unaccounted for






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