Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito, California, is finally 100 percent contained. Another, who lost her life at her home, was a ballerina turned real-estate agent known in some quarters of this enclave for the wealthy and famous as "The First Lady of Luxury Real Estate". More than a dozen people remain unaccounted for, authorities said.

The sheriff told reporters all of the victims were from Montecito.

This undated photo provided by Gina Conte, shows Rebecca Riskin. Riskin, the founder of Riskin Partners, was among those killed in this week's deadly Montecito, Calif., mudslides. Her body was found that night, near a highway hit by the slide.

John "Jack" Keating, a 53-year-old transient who often frequents the riverbed, is still missing.

NeoTract, a maker of devices used in the medical field of urology, has launched a fundraising page asking for financial support for the family of Kim Cantin.

He was two blocks from home when he heard a rumble that he realized was the mudslide he feared. That easily surpassed the goal of $20,000. "She had been trapped for hours in a pile of wood that was once her house".

'There was a moment where I turned and apologized to my folks because I didn't force them to evacuate.

Many residents chose to stay.

"Roy Rohter was a man of strong faith and a great friend of Catholic education", said Michael F. McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College.

The post said she had two children, Julia and Robert, and a husband, Ken Grand. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 1979, where she began selling high-end real-estate on the city's west side.

She had two adult children and three grandchildren.

The monsoon-like rain was terrifying enough, but when David Weinert saw the house across the street erupt in flames fueled by a severed gas line he knew it was time to abandon his Montecito home.

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In a statement to KSBY-6 News, Cottage Health said, "We're very saddened by the death of Dr. Mark Montgomery, who was a member of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Montgomery was a respected orthopedic surgeon who specialized in hand surgery".

Unfortunately, there was no place to go.

The mudslide swept him from his Montecito home.

From above, thrashed areas of town appeared awash in a sea of mud, with only the tallest trees standing and some homes buried up to their roofs.

Sodden hillsides gave way, unleashing a torrent of mud, water, uprooted trees and boulders onto the valley below and causing what the police described as "traumatic injuries" to the victims, who ranged in age from 3 to 89.

"You're walking around in waist-deep soup", he said of the grueling undertaking. "It's nearly like being blind-folded and poking around in the dark".

The search for additional possible victims is continuing.

Quirk, meanwhile, planned to keep working at the relief center. "So our missing list is down to five", Brown said. Her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, previously died in the perilous conditions.

McDonald was still at home in her retirement community of Casa Dorinda on Thursday, adding there was no point in leaving now because she needs oxygen that is hard to transport to a hotel.

The mudslides notably occurred weeks after the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire within California, struck the state.

A luxury sports auto is covered in mud and debris caused by a massive mudflow in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018. "I live there, Oprah lives there", she went on. Van Hecke was not killed, nor did The Associated Press report that he was killed.

Sutthithepa and Taylor, his stepfather, the Los Angeles Times reported, were killed when the mudslides came through.

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