The mudslides, which came in the early morning hours of Tuesday, killed at least 18 people and destroyed dozens of homes. Family members anxiously awaited word on loved ones who hadn't been heard from since the onslaught early Tuesday. Here are the names of those who died: Jonathan Benitez, age 10 Kailly Benitez, 3 Martin Cabrera-Munoz, 48 David Cantin, 49 Sawyer Corey, 12 Peter Fleurat, 73 Josephine Gower, 69 John McManigal, 61 Alice Mitchell, 78 James Mitchell, 89 Mark Montgomery, 54 Caroline Montgomery, 22 Marilyn Ramos, 27 Rebecca Riskin, 61 Roy Rohter, 84 Peerawat Sutthithepa, 6 Richard Taylor, 67 Here's what we know about the victims so far:JOSEPHINE "JOSIE" GOWER, 69:Gower's home was inundated by knee-deep mud and large boulders carried by the force of the mudslides.
"At this moment, we are still looking for live victims", Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said. He had been on the list of missing persons. The firefighters returned later and helped Troy, her sister and brother-in-law, carrying dogs through the mud.
Torrential rainfall contributed to damaging mudslides and flooding in Southern California on Tuesday. Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson told reporters some 1,250 emergency workers were at work Friday, slogging through soupy mud and uncertain footing to search for anyone who is trapped.
The water and powerful debris flows destroyed about 100 homes and damaged 300 others in the Montecito community, known for its multimillion-dollar properties. At least 28 people were wounded in the storm, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Theresa was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition. They had a long slog ahead, filled with hazards seen and unseen.More news: Reading East MP Matt Rodda appointed to shadow cabinet
Flooding on Highway 101 in Montecito.
Olive Mill Road and the Montecito Inn are just up the street from the Coral Casino, and it, too, was transformed by the mudslides. "It all has to be done on foot", said Deputy Dan Page, chief of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department rescue team. Some rescuers used poles to probe the muck for bodies, while others waded chest-deep in the mire.
"The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream". Her body was found Wednesday near a highway.
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Together with the loss of vegetation, this can increase the risk of mudslides and floods. "We've got manpower out here, everybody is searching", said Curt Pickering, Montecito resident.
"I thought I was dead for a minute", she told them before an ambulance took her away. Officials in Sonoma County - where over half of the fatalities occurred - had decided not to deploy the federal Wireless Emergency Alert system, and some survivors of the 21 blazes later said they.
Authorities also say only a small percentage of residents heeded mandatory and voluntary evacuation warnings. "We've got all those chickens, which means we've got eggs, and they're flawless". "You have to start accepting the reality of that". "You just don't even think that this is possible".
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