Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Baby plucked from the mud, helicopter rescues family in Santa Barbara County

Barbara County Fire Department firefighters respond to mud and debris flow due to heavy rain in Montecito Death Toll of So Cal Mudslides Increased to 13 Expected to Keep Going Up
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:59

The two additional fatalities were discovered as some 500 rescuers using search dogs, helicopters and thermal-imaging equipment dug through waist-deep mud for victims or survivors of the mudslides, which were triggered by a heavy downpour early on Tuesday.

This is why mudslides are so unsafe - they build speed so quickly and get bigger as they pick up extra debris so can't always be predicted by rainfall. "So she's doing a meticulous search where she sniffs little nooks and crannies and sometimes it could be a person and the scent can trickle its way up".

But when the earth began to move, it was too late. Shortly, he would be moving furniture around to keep the mud from getting into his home. In an Instagram post on the same day many Democrats were talking about her for president because of her rousing speech at the Golden Globes, she shared photos of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters hovering over her house.

Anne Marie Cullen was one of the rescue workers combing through homes with a cadaver-sniffing dog, looking for people vanished in the mudslides.

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".

"It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds", she said.

"We ran into the house and right then the boulders busted through the house", Berkeley "Augie" Johnson told KSBY.

Greg Tebbe of Montecito described being anxious about the coming rain when he went to bed Monday night, but he said he didn't expect the mudslide.

The muddy water was not slowly leaking into homes like rainfall does - it came in slamming.

Mr Johnson told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper that the pair joined a fireman to dig the toddler out, before scooping mud out of her mouth. "Everybody down below gone, two girls gone", Speirs said. There's more debris than normal.

Celebrities including Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres have been affected by the tragedy and have spoken out for the victims.

A 14-year-old girl who was trapped for hours inside a California home destroyed by mudflows was safely pulled out of the rubble by firefighters Tuesday morning, according to KTLA.

Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said that with blue skies overhead Wednesday, officials were working to clear the trees, boulders, downed power lines and detritus from people's homes that had been swept onto the roads.