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Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Rescue teams have been working tirelessly to locate Americans still missing after deadly mudslides struck the wildfire-ravaged Montecito, north of Los Angeles, on Tuesday.

Another person who had been on the list of missing, 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was found alive and well, Brown said without elaborating on the circumstances.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office tweet its thanks to the workforce of Log Me In.

Unfortunately, the threat of more landslides has not yet past. The mudslide have damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

The map below shows the danger zone spreads from Mission Canyon in the east, all the way to the Santa Clara River and down towards Ventura.

Much of the community remains under mandatory evacuation orders.

He said the zone, which includes areas formerly under voluntary evacuation advisories, would be in effect for one week but that residents should plan for two. Heavy equipment and personnel are in the area, so please drive slow.

The ESRI map combines data collected from various geographical agencies such as USGS, Bureau of Land Management and NGA as well as NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Heavy rain on Tuesday, which followed 10 months of drought, sent sticky mud and debris flowing down the hills into Montecito.

The destruction covered 30 square miles (78 square km), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

California Governor Jerry Brown has expressed his condolences to all those affected by the disaster, while pledging to ensure all necessary resources are made available to victims.

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.

"We will push for every available resource to help Californians recover from these tragedies".

The department said the sediment would only consist of wet or dry dirt or mud without rocks, debris or vegetation, and inspectors would refuse any truckload containing unpermitted materials.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos.

Rescue crews were busy sticking poles into thick muck, swollen creeks and tangled trees in search of five missing people while dogs sniffed for bodies.


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