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Deadly Mudslide In Montecito

January 10th, 2018

Cleanup efforts continue in Montecito this morning after devastating mudslides killed over a dozen people and left many areas looking like a war zone. Residents say they were not prepared for how quick the debris flowed into their neighborhood. At least 15 people were killed yesterday by muddy runoff that knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101 Freeway in some areas. First responders spent much of the day going through homes surrounded by mud and seeing if people needed to be rescued. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says hillsides left barren by the devastating Thomas Fire suddenly became very dangerous, sending tons of mud into neighborhoods and leaving them looking like battlefields. Officials say the death toll could rise later today as search-and-rescue crews continue to look for some people who were not located following the mudslides yesterday. Hundreds of homes are under mandatory evacuation orders for the time being.
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