Death toll hits 15 in Cal­i­for­nia mud­slides

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - Canada / World -

Anx­ious fam­ily mem­bers awaited word on loved ones Wed­nes­day as res­cue crews searched for two dozen peo­ple miss­ing after mud­slides in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia de­stroyed an es­ti­mated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 15 vic­tims dead.

The drench­ing storm that trig­gered the dis­as­ter had cleared out, giv­ing way to sunny skies, as searchers worked care­fully in a land­scape strewn with haz­ards.

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