Five still miss­ing in mud­slides

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

The num­ber of peo­ple miss­ing since de­bris-laden flash floods and mud­slides smashed through the com­mu­nity of Montecito in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia is now 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 miss­ing­per­son re­ports are rapidly cleared while oth­ers take a long time to re­solve.

The num­ber of con­firmed deaths re­mains at 17.

Ms An­der­son said the num­ber of per­son­nel search­ing rav­aged neigh­bour­hoods has dou­bled over the past day to 1,250.

Left: a Los An­ge­les County ur­ban search and res­cue team, left, search a neigh­bour­hood hit by flood­ing.

Pic­ture: Getty.

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