Rescuers resume work as 17 confirmed dead in California mudslides

Rebecca Riskin, a leading Realtor and beloved member of the Montecito, California, community, was tragically killed in the mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County overnight Tuesday with an abrupt deadly rush of flooding and debris. Her company confirmed her death in a statement posted Wednesday night, January 10, 2018, on Facebook. A 14-year-old girl was rescued on Wednesday.

You can also make a donation to the Direct Relief website. That easily surpassed the goal of $20,000. "She had been trapped for hours in a pile of wood that was once her house". But by the time they woke up, it was too late; the auto was swept away.

Asher's return to the scene, where murky water was knee-deep, turned up at least one gem: his wife's engagement ring, the only keepsake she wanted him to find.

The former professional ballerina was known as the first lady of luxury real estate, KEYT reported.

"She's leaving a huge void. She was also a handsome, caring, sensitive, genuine person", said Montecito broker-owner, Gary Goldberg of Coastal Properties, who was part of a Realtor group that had collegial lunches with Riskin every month. "I just love this place", she said.

"I've never been so close to a fire in my whole entire life, then this", she said.

However, with most utilities about to be cut off and sewage running into the nearby creek, she made a decision to heed the order to leave. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 1979, where she began selling high-end real-estate on the city's west side.

Brewer said Gower lived passionately, whether she was interacting with children, grandchildren, friends - or strangers.

The Mitchells were in love with their home in the seaside enclave of Montecito where they moved in 1995, according to their daughter.

"Sunday night, Portia (de Rossi) and I got a call that we're under mandatory evacuation again, with most of the community of Montecito". His wife, Theresa, was injured in the mudslide that killed him. There he saw mudslides enveloping his street.

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Those wildfires have also been blamed for worsening the mudslide death toll.

Cal Fire search and rescue crews used their hands to get free as they trudged through the mud, looking for survivors.

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Of the 18 confirmed victims, the oldest was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before the mudslide. "It's very thick mud and you're just poking around. You just don't even think that this is possible". "It's nearly like being blind-folded and poking around in the dark". Thanks to these efforts, over 300 people have been rescued from the mudslides by helicopters.

More than 1,200 workers taking part in the search and cleanup effort flooded into the town with a population of about 9,000. But, he said, "The likelihood is increasing that we'll be finding bodies, not survivors".

Quirk, meanwhile, planned to keep working at the relief center.

"We're sort of slow-moving now", said Miller, 40, a farmer, who added that the couple were waiting out the rescue and recovery at his brother's house. It followed a cellphone alert sent by the National Weather Service, he said.

DeGeneres tweeted the video of her remarks on Thursday.

Winfrey owns a 58-acre parcel of land behind his house, he said, and it acted as a riverway for the mud. I'm standing right now still in a lot of mud but not as much as yesterday.

"Steve Blum, a resident whose home is in one of the most devastated areas of Montecito, told CBS2's Jasmine Viel, "[the county] didn't give any warning to people, which was a mistake". Associated Press Writer Amanda Lee Myers contributed from Los Angeles and Rogers reported from Los Angeles.

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