Cheshire woman to help California mudslide victims

Rescue workers enter properties to look for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito California

Rescue workers enter properties to look for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito California

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His house was destroyed by the mudslide that buried his daughter for hours before firefighters could rescue her.

Gas and electricity supplies were expected to be cut off in the area on Saturday. The following missing persons were reported by family and friends, and resided in areas that were heavily damaged during the storm and subsequent mudslides.

As the rainwater made its way downhill with gathering force, it pried boulders from the ground and picked up trees and other debris that flattened homes, cars and carried at least one body a mile away.

Roy Rohter, 84, founder of the Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, was killed on Tuesday when a mudslide swept him from his Montecito home, according to officials at the private Catholic school. Her company confirmed her death in a statement posted Wednesday night, January 10, 2018, on Facebook.

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The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance. Authorities said her 49-year-old father, David, died and her 16-year-old brother, Jack, is missing.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office this week identified the 18 killed, citing the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries resulting from flash floods with mudslides. On Thursday they believed dozens were unaccounted for, but the number was revised down.

Anderson says the number of personnel searching ravaged neighborhoods has doubled over the past day to 1,250.

We have continuing coverage on the deadly mudslides in California.

Tuesday's early morning mudslides and flash floods, intensified by damage done by the Thomas Fire, have claimed victims as young as 3 and as old as 89. For days, the county had issued repeated warnings via social media, news media and emails about the potential for mudslides.

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The disaster was already unfolding when Santa Barbara County officials sent out their first cellphone alert at 3:50 a.m. County emergency manager Jeff Gater said officials decided not to send one sooner out of concern it might not be taken seriously. Montecito, Calif., was placed under mandatory evacuation orders Thursday, forcing approximately 10,000 residents out of their homes for between one and two weeks, ABC News reports.

Hundreds of searchers are still hunting for survivors.

"Crews continue to search buildings and debris flows for trapped victims". Another 17 were still reported missing.

The mud and debris overwhelmed many homes and wiped some of them out. When he returned home Wednesday to search the area, her whereabouts were uncertain.

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