Community Donation Efforts Begin to Help Montecito Mudslide Victims

Community Donation Efforts Begin to Help Montecito Mudslide Victims”

Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County.

On Wednesday, loved ones searched for Montecito resident Josie Gower near her home, which was surrounded by knee-deep mud and large boulders that had been carried by the force of the mudslides. So when we actually accessed those homes, we could see the destruction that the water had caused, but it wasn't really still there. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed.

"There are 43 people now who may be considered as missing", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 linking Ventura and Santa Barbara was still covered in heavy debris and not expected to reopen until Monday.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning, catching many of the victims entirely off-guard. And it made me so proud to live there. Those killed ranged in age from 3 to 89, and all lived in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said.

And rescue teams were still slogging through the mud, hunting for the missing and assessing the damage. As of Saturday afternoon, 19 people were killed in the mudslides, while at least five people remained missing.

Earlier in the day, officials placed the number of missing at eight.

They coordinated widespread efforts on several fronts to rescue survivors, protect the population from downed electrical lines, put out raging gas fires from ruptured gas lines and clear debris from roads, and funnel evacuees into the Red Cross Evacuation Centre.

Incident Command is working with the county Animal Services Department to coordinate feedings for pets left behind that cannot be easily evacuated, he added.

"We totally thought we were out of the woods", said Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped damage in both disasters. The weather has snarled drivers and first responders attempting to aid storm victims.

More personnel have arrived on scene to help with the search and recovery efforts.

A massive winter storm drenched parts of Southern California this week, leading to deadly mudslides.

"Seconds later, the whole house was filled with mud".

David Drenic (L) and Robert Drenic (R) look for salvageable items in a the home of a family member that was destroyed by a mudslide on Jan. 11, in Montecito, Calif. To make matters worse, biologists have found that when rain hits the charred landscape, it can become even more dense and more water repellent.

Four children are among the dead, including a three-year-old girl who died alongside her mother.

Amid a field of debris out of a movie in the small California town of Montecito on Thursday stood Oprah Winfrey, communicating via FaceTime with Ellen DeGeneres about the horrors that the community connecting the two television legends has seen in a very short span of time.

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