Death toll from devastating California mudslides rises to 19 with the discovery of the body of woman, 25, as rescuers say ‘we have to do whatever it takes’

Sunday, January 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

Tuesday’s mudslides have killed 19, wrecked homes and dumped mud over lawns and gardens
19th victim Morgan Corey, 25, was found dead Saturday. Her sister, 12, had previously been discovered dead
The oldest victim was 89 while the youngest was just three – four victims were children
Seven people are still missing as searches continue, while an 18th victim was found dead in his house
Mudslides destroyed 100 houses damaging 300 others after debris spread across a wide swath of Montecito
1,250 rescuers have searched frantically for the missing after rivers of mud and boulders came through
Montecito, an affluent seaside community east of Santa Barbara, was affected as homes were demolished
Geologists and forecasters warned that intense rain could trigger deadly mudslides from the scorched areas

14 January 2018

The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California’s scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

One missing person was found alive on Saturday but chances were dwindling fast that more survivors could still be located from the torrent of mud and debris that struck on Tuesday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

‘While every hour it remains less likely we’ll find anyone alive, there remains hope,’ he said at a news conference.

Brown said a 19th victim had been found and named her as Morgan Corey, 25. Her 12-year-old sister Sawyer had previously been discovered dead after their home was swept away this week.

Corey and Morgan were sleeping when the mud smashed into their home.

Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross.

‘We have to do whatever it takes,’ said Capt. Tom Henzgen, leader of a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The ramped-up rescue effort is in response to urgent requests for additional manpower made earlier in the week.

‘We need that number to effectively meet our objectives,’ said Amber Anderson, a spokesman for the multi-agency response team. ‘To get people here takes time and we’re finally getting that request for influx.’

On Friday, the sheriff’s office made a plea for information on any of the missing residents, who range in age from two to 62.

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