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By Sheetal Sukhija | Monday January 15, 2018
Death toll rises in California mudslides, 19 killed
Five days after a powerful storm swept in from the Pacific and dumped a deluge on mountain slopes, the death toll from the mudslides rose to 19. Authorities confirmed on Saturday that they had found the body of yet another person who had been reported missing. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that they had found the body of 25-year-old Morgan Corey in mud and debris in Montecito. Brown said that Corey’s 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, had been found dead earlier. Further, the Sheriff added that another person who had been on the list of missing, identified as 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was found alive and well. With this, the number of those missing in the devastation reduced from seven to five. In a statement, Sheriff Brown said, “While every hour it remains less likely that we will find anyone alive, there is always hope.” Meanwhile, the number of recovery workers in Montecito increased to over 2,000. Capt Tom Henzgen, leader of a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement, "We have to do whatever it takes.” According to weather forecasters, the crews now have about a week before rainfall is expected again, when the potential of new mudslides would rise again. However, the precipitation is expected to be disorganized and light...Read more
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