The death toll in the Montecito, California, mudslides has risen by one to 19 and the number of remaining missing has decreased to five.
County officials have already ordered residents in most of the southeastern corner of Montecito, an unincorporated community east of the city of Santa Barbara, to leave their homes for what they said was likely to be one or two weeks to aid the search and recovery efforts.
The search for additional possible victims is continuing.
As of this writing, there have been 17 known casualties, among which includes at least three children, the youngest being three years of age.More news: Chevrolet Introduces Next-generation Silverado
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"Some rescues have been gut-wrenching: firefighters pushed through wait-high mud to reach a 14-year-old girl caked in mud from head to toe", Karson reports. For example, powerful mudslides wash away entire mountainsides, tragically taking with them homes, other structures and human lives.
Sawyer Corey, 12, was one of four children confirmed dead in the mudslides in Montecito, California on Tuesday.
The mudslides ravaged this part of Southern California less than a month after it was devastated by wildfire.
The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance. Officials rose the number of missing from 16 to 48 Thursday morning, then said a "clerical error" caused the spike; they corrected the number, saying only eight people were missing. In addition, there are at least 28 people who were injured by the storm and 8 people who are presumed missing.
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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Joseph Bleckel was found dead in his home by a search-and-rescue team at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.
After a 2009 wildfire burned more than 250 square miles (647 square kilometres) in the San Gabriel Mountains above foothill suburbs of Los Angeles, a geological survey study found that some of the burned watersheds could release up to 100,000 cubic yards (76,500 cubic meters) of material - enough mud and rock to cover a football field 60 feet (18 metres) deep.
Evacuation orders and warning have been listed for many residents in Santa Barbara County.
They slogged through ooze and poked long holes into the mud on Wednesday as they searched for victims a day after the massive debris flow passed through.
At the beginning of the clip, the 45-year-old is seen yelling at the driver of a auto going up the street to turn around because a flash flood was coming down the hill.More news: Emmanuel Macron calls for UNESCO status for French baguette