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Death Toll from Calif. Mudslides Rises to 17, More Than a Dozen Still Missing

This aerial photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows mudflow and damage to homes in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California on Tuesday destroyed over a 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left more than a dozen victims dead. (Matt Udkow/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

At least 17 residents are dead and 13 more are missing after devastating weather descended on southern California’s coast.
Some California residents are allowed to return home to neighborhoods destroyed by flash floods and mudslides.
With the death toll still rising along the coast, more than 500 responders were on the scene looking for survivors.
On Tuesday, three people were rescued and several bodies were recovered.
In a neighborhood threatened by fire just a month ago, residents in Montecito are worried about lives lost in the deadly storm.
Officials are waiting to release the identities of the victims until next of kin can be notified.
Meanwhile, more footage of the weather events leading to the devastation have been made public.
Many residents described the sudden sound of the mudslides and floods slamming into their houses before they even knew to get out.
“It was just a very unexpected explosion of water, rock, cars, trees, metal came in without any warning, really,” explained a Montecito resident. “It was maybe 20 seconds of warning where you could hear this slow freight train rumble and then it just took out everything that was in its path.”
A firefighter walks among the rocks and mud left by a mudslide Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed houses, swept cars to the beach and left more than a dozen victims dead. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Even as some begin returning to their homes, not everyone has a place to return to as more than 100 homes were completely destroyed, and many more are still full of mud.
The region’s first rain in months is believed to have caused the mudslides after it hit terrain previously burned by December’s wildfires.
Search and rescue operations are set to continue ahead of a long recovery period for the region.

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