Cal­i­for­nia mud­slides death toll rises to 18

The Freeman - - WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Au­thor­i­ties in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia said Fri­day they had dis­cov­ered the body of an el­derly man killed by mud­slides that bat­tered the re­gion ear­lier this week, lift­ing the over­all death toll to 18.

The 87-year-old man was "lo­cated by a search and res­cue team in his res­i­dence," said Bill Brown, the sher­iff of Santa Bar­bara county.

Res­cuers are con­tin­u­ing their search op­er­a­tions, with the miss­ing now num­ber­ing seven, in­clud­ing a two-year-old girl, ac­cord­ing to the Santa Bar­bara sher­iff's of­fice.

Heavy rain on Tues­day, which fol­lowed 10 months of drought, sent sticky mud and de­bris flow­ing from the hills into Montecito.

In ad­di­tion to the dead and in­jured, 65 houses have been de­stroyed while an­other 462 sus­tained dam­age.

Ter­ri­fy­ing wild­fires forced peo­ple to evac­u­ate in De­cem­ber, and the mud­slides struck just two weeks af­ter they re­turned.

The fires burned most veg­e­ta­tion, leav­ing per­fect con­di­tions for the lat­est disas­ter to un­fold.

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