Up to 43 people still missing after California mudslides; dead identified

Rescuers Search Montecito for Mudslide Survivors as Death Toll Reaches 15

Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies today as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed Montecito, California. Seventeen people dead, 28 injured, 43 missing - a number updated by officials due to a clerical mistake.

After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 59 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 446. One blew through a wall in a home.

"I send love to all the families and the fantastic rescue workers braving these mudslides", she posted on Twitter. The Rohters have been longtime benefactors of the college in Santa Paula. Conte said Riskin, who was the maid of honor at her wedding, took joy in pairing the ideal home with the flawless family and loved cooking, going for long walks and spending movie nights with her family.

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

The dead were identified - all from Montecito, ranging in age from 3 to 89 years old.

But when it came to deciding whether or not to use a push alert system ― the same one used to sent out Amber Alerts for missing children ― county officials initially opted not to.

Oprah Winfrey, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said while walking around she saw some of her neighbors homes were "gutted", while others are "gone, just gone".

"Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people", Bridges said in a Twitter post.

Asher returned with a pickax and five friends, and trudged through the debris to salvage any possessions he could find. Riskin is survived by her husband, two grown children and a grandson. "I screamed at my family and water started coming into the house".

It could include everything from urgent, active missing-persons cases being worked by detectives to calls received from acquaintances saying they hadn't been able to reach someone they believe was in Montecito on Tuesday morning when mudslides swept through town and killed 17 people.

Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County.

At 3:30 a.m., they woke to a combination of pouring rain and a flash-flood warning alert blaring on a cellphone.

Southern California authorities have corrected the number of people missing since the Montecito mudslides to eight.

Evacuations were ordered beneath recently burned areas of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The warnings for residents to leave had been issued for days before the mudslides through social media, news media and community information emails about the potential for mudflows from the huge wildfire scar in hills above neighborhoods.

Several homes and cars were swept away in the mudslides and flooding triggered by the torrential rainstorm. The vast majority of those homes were in areas already designated by authorities as under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. Son's in the hospital, dad hasn't been found yet, " he said, declining to name them.

Minutes later they pulled out a 2-year-old girl from the mud whom Mr Johnson described as resembling a "muddy doll", he told a local newspaper.

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