Cal­i­for­nia miss­ing down from 43 to 5

Irish Examiner - - World News -

The num­ber of peo­ple miss­ing since de­bris-laden flash floods smashed through the com­mu­nity of Mon­tecito, in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, is five, au­thor­i­ties have said, down from as many as 43 on Thurs­day.

Santa Bar­bara County spokes­woman, Am­ber Anderson, said the num­ber had dropped be­cause many peo­ple were lo­cated, but it could con­tinue to fluc­tu­ate.

She said some miss­ing-per­son re­ports are rapidly cleared, while oth­ers take a long time to re­solve. The num­ber of con­firmed deaths re­mains 17. Ms Anderson said the num­ber of per­son­nel search­ing rav­aged neigh­bour­hoods has dou­bled to 1,250.

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