Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of USA mudslide

The searchers are using all-terrain vehicles and helicopters, but downed power lines and blocked roads are complicating their efforts.

Klein-Rothschild is the Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara County Health Department.

On Thursday, Santa Barbara sheriff Bill Brown said of the missing, "We are certainly searching for a miracle right now".

"Everybody was exhausted from the fire warnings", Weimer said Friday. "Because if we don't get those basins cleaned out, then we're not going to be prepared for the next storm". "To get people here takes time and we're finally getting that request for influx".

Rescue workers aided by heavy equipment began the long, slow slog on Friday of clearing a massive mudslide from this coastal town as they faced the breadth of the death and destruction. At least 28 people were injured and crews performed dozens of rescues.

Jeff Bridges also revealed that his home was impacted by the mudslide, tweeting Thursday that though their home is "severely damaged", he and his family are safe. They had fled following the devastating forest fires last month but this time Mr Farrell Snr, an 81-year-old two time Olympic gold medallist, decided he did not want to leave. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said. "The walls just burst open, the mud came in and just shot us both out of the house". "It's a whole different picture and it's pretty devastating".

County emergency manager Jeff Gater tells the Los Angeles Times that the alert issued around 3:50 a.m. Tuesday was sent because of deteriorating conditions and followed one issued by the National Weather Service. "I don't know what to do".

Rescue, recovery and fix personnel are actively working in the area, and the U.S. The team in its last deployment was requested to help with rescue efforts during the 2014 Napa natural disaster. A Type III team is made up of five brush engines. "We hope there's not going to be any more". They were ready to go if they needed to. "That's definitely part of why we do what we do". The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

"The torrent arrived suddenly and with a sound some likened to a freight train as water carrying rocks and trees washed away cars and trashed homes". The number provided by county officials earlier in the day was eight missing.

Rescuers frantically combed the mountains of mud, wreckage and boulders which landed on top of the affluent seaside community on Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County authorities said Thursday afternoon up to 43 people are missing as a result of the mudslides this week in the Montecito area.

As of this writing, there have been 17 known casualties, among which includes at least three children, the youngest being three years of age.

Asher returned with a pickax and five friends and trudged through the debris to salvage any possession he could find.

"He's been coming here since before I started working here", said Cantin's barber, Tim Sanchez, who owns the shop. "They just can't keep the water from coming in". "Windows went flying, doors went flying".

Six people remain on the missing list.

A stranger loaded the family in his truck and drove them to a hotel.

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