Killed in Southern California Mudslides


Evacuation orders and warning have been listed for many residents in Santa Barbara County.

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. On Friday her family spoke with Mexican officials about bringing her body back.

Among those killed in the mudslides was Mark Montgomery, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon affiliated with Santa Barbara-based Cottage Health and the Santa Barbara-based private practice Associated Hand Surgeons, according to KSBY-6 News.

Lauren Cantin became the face of survival when rescuers pulled the mud-covered 14-year-old girl from her flattened home earlier this week.

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his home.

Short term, making the public ready to evacuate during heavy rains is key, he said.

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

At a Red Cross shelter on Thursday night, evacuee Hannah Troy petted her two dogs, Lu and Gabriel, and recounted how firefighters carried them to safety through the muck.

"This entire area is a very active rescue and recovery and fix zone right now", he said.

The mudslide came as a result of heavy rain along hillsides in the area that had been bereft of trees and other plant life after the large Thomas fire burned through the area in late 2017, USA Today reported.

When the rain began drenching the area, Hyatt made a decision to stay up late to "keep an eye on things".

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When the flooding began early Tuesday, Alice and James Mitchell were still at their home in Montecito, California, just a mile from the beach.

McDonald was still at home in a retirement community Thursday, adding there was no point in leaving because she needs oxygen that is hard to transport to a hotel.

Ellen Degeneres was forced to flee her home in the wake of the Californian mudslides.

"I thought I was dead for a minute", she told them before an ambulance took her away.

An 87-year-old man was found dead Saturday, increasing the number of people who have died because of the California mudslides to 18.

"We ran into the house and right then the boulders busted through the house", Berkeley "Augie" Johnson told KSBY.

As Johnson and his family ran up to the second level of their home, about 8 to 9 feet of mud followed them closely.

"I am blessed and I am going to do whatever I can for the rest of the community", Winfrey said, "and we all just love the firefighters".

The mud and debris overwhelmed many homes and wiped some of them out. I don't know how I got lulled'.

"Everyone was saying to me, 'How's your property?' " she said. They came away shaken after seeing pictures of the flooded Highway 101 and the devastation to downtown Montecito, where they had a veterinary clinic for many years.