Which areas are at risk? Latest danger zones MAPPED — California mudslides MAP

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

She was among at least five people who were still listed as missing.

The backbreaking work went on in the summerlike weather that has made the stretch of Santa Barbara County coast about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles a haven for the wealthy, celebrities and tourists.

The youngest victim, Kailley Benitez, three, died alongside her mother and 10-year-old cousin.

Excavators carrying rescuers in their buckets plowed through mud-coated roads in search of the missing after some areas were buried in as much as 15 feet (4.6 m) of mud, emergency officials said.

"In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days".

Yesterday, 87-year-old Joseph Bleckel was found dead in his Montecito home, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"But realistically we suspect that we are going to continue to have discovery of people who were killed in this incident".

Brown urged anyone in mandatory evacuation areas to leave immediately.

Authorities said on Thursday night that 43 people were unaccounted for.

"It is not a safe or convenient place to be right now", he said.

Cal Fire urged residents to use caution when returning and said that many areas are still without access to power and gas.

A map of current evacuation orders and warnings can be found here. He and his parents put belongings in three cars in case they made a decision to leave before the storm.

The fires burned most vegetation, leaving ideal conditions for the latest disaster to unfold.

"(In) four minutes the water was through our wall and in our house, nearly to the second story", he said.

The storm hit hard between 3 and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil create a water repellent layer which blocks water absorption.

"The large amounts of mud and debris are making access and progress challenging".

The, was declared fully contained Friday.

Damage after the deadly mudslides in Southern California.

And because of the fire, communities below the scarred terrain could remain at risk of mudslides for years, said Randall Jibson, a research geologist with the US Geological Survey. "There's nearly always more that could come down", Jibson said. With most utilities out of commission or about to be cut off, staying behind was not an option for many.

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