Death toll from California mudslides climbs to 18

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

On the fourth day of search for victims of the southern California mudslides, the death toll has increased.

Authorities would not specify how many people were in each category.

Devastating floods and mud flows were triggered Tuesday after heavy rain fell on areas recently burned in the massive Thomas fire, the largest wildfire in California history.

The searchers are using all-terrain vehicles and helicopters, but downed power lines and blocked roads are complicating their efforts. The list included names and photos of seven people from age 2 to 62 years old.

NeoTract, a maker of devices used in the medical field of urology, has launched a fundraising page asking for financial support for the family of Kim Cantin. Her 12-year-old sister Sawyer had previously been discovered dead after their home was swept away this week.

Traffic accidents have slowed the Tuesday morning commute to a crawl across the region, including along coastal USA 101 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The Wrinkle in Time star, whose home is elevated on a small hill, added that she's ready and able to help the community get back on their feet.

"I tried not to panic them, but I panicked them", Tighe said.

Rebecca Riskin, the founder of Riskin Partners, was killed when mudslides ripped through Montecito.

Still from a video Oprah shared to her Instagram account.


The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance.

"It's just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven't heard from them - we have to find them", Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents remain missing, told the Associated Press.

"The missing persons were reported by family and friends, and resided in areas that were heavily damaged during the storm and subsequent mudslides". "When they're searching if they come across a scent they can't account for then they'll start alerting".

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

The number of missing has fluctuated widely after heavy rains unleashed a fury of devastation.

In one of the worst-hit areas of Montecito, mud blew through doors and windows, filling the interiors of houses with sludge and debris.

Lingering showers are expected Tuesday, but forecasters say the storm would exit the region by the evening. "... We didn't take it serious (ly) enough". Klein-Rothschild is the Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara County Health Department.

All of those killed died of "multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides", according to the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office.

The public is asked to report any information they may have on the whereabouts of the above missing persons. They're finding people and bodies.

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