Hard search goes on in California mudslides

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says the body of missing 25-year-old Morgan Christine Corey woman was found Saturday.

"Everybody was exhausted from the fire warnings", Weimer said Friday.

Two days after a series of Southern California mudslides killed at least 17 in Montecito, officials issued new mandatory evacuations for parts of the city so crews could focus on rescue and cleanup efforts.

Biasotti reported from Montecito, California.

Drones, military vehicles and search dogs have been brought in to help with rescue and clean-up efforts. As the heaviest rain bands centered over Santa Barbara County, officials urged residents to "shelter in place or move to higher ground" instead of attempting to flee any fast-moving mudflows.

Among dramatic historic examples in the mountains of Southern California, a 1934 storm unleashed runoff so intense that 30 people were killed, more than 480 homes were destroyed and a almost 60-ton (54-metric ton) boulder was pushed out of a canyon.

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.

A dozen people were hospitalized at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and four were in critical condition, Dr. Brett Wilson said.

"It just went around the house like a teardrop, it was shaped like an eye", O'Dea said. But by then, tons of mud, trees, rocks and other debris were rolling down hills that had been burned in the largest fire on record in California.

Marilyn Ramos was asleep in bed with her three-year-old daughter, Kaelly Benitez, when the deadly mudslide came crashing through their rental home, killing them both.

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Video shot by Marco Farrell captured the devastating mudslide cascading down a Montecito road.

"He's been coming here since before I started working here", said Cantin's barber, Tim Sanchez, who owns the shop.

"He is in an out-of-area hospital being treated".

Rescuers have searched frantically for the missing after rivers of mud and boulders flooded through neighborhoods in and near Montecito, an affluent seaside community east of Santa Barbara, demolishing homes and leaving roads impassable.

"I told her to stay on the second floor, but she went downstairs and opened the door and just got swept away", her son, Hayden Gower, told NBC affiliate KSBY.

"That's all she could talk about last night", Weimer said. The two had traveled to Italy for five weeks with Josie's children past year.

In the next few weeks, first responders will continue to develop the specific resources they need to manage this disaster. "We were really sure they were just rescued".

"Roy's life has been in service to his good, loving and ever-forgiving God", St. Augustine Academy headmaster Michael Van Hecke said in a statement.

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.

"Had we not gone over there, I don't think that kid would have [survived]", he added. McTigue said the scene looked very different this time around.

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