Authorities brand victims in California mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif. — The coroner’s bureau has expelled the identities of 17 victims who were killed in mudslides progressing this week, which blanketed a coastal village in California with debris. The victims’ ages ranged from 3 to 89 years old.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the identities of the victims are the following:

  • Jonathan Benitez, 10
  • Kailly Benitez, 3
  • Martin Cabrera-Munoz, 48
  • David Cantin, 49
  • Sawyer Corey, 12
  • Peter Fleurat, 73
  • Josephine Gower, 69
  • John McManigal, 61
  • Alice Mitchell, 78
  • James Mitchell, 89
  • Mark Montgomery, 54
  • Caroline Montgomery, 22
  • Marilyn Ramos, 27
  • Rebecca Riskin, 61
  • Roy Rohter, 84
  • Peerawat Sutthithepn, 6
  • Richard Taylor, 67

Authorities contend all of the defunct resided in Montecito. Their means of death will be listed as “multiple dire injuries due to peep flood with mudslides due to new wildfire.”

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“The Sheriff’s Office wants to demonstrate the intense unhappiness to the family and friends of those who lost their desired ones,” the dialect wrote in a news release. “We ask that you honour their remoteness during this many formidable time.”

Torrential rain triggered lethal mudslides to upsurge Tuesday in areas that were recently hit by wildfires, leaving some communities buried under several feet of sand and rubble. Around 20,000 residents were systematic to leave the area.

CBS News match Carter Evans reports up to 30 miles of the bustling 101 Freeway was close down in arise of the storm.

Rapid-moving rivers of sand swept Santa Barbara County homes off of their foundations. At slightest 100 residences and eight commercial buildings were destroyed, according to sheriff’s deputies.

So far, some-more than 100 people have been rescued, many from rooftops by helicopter.

Rescue teams are stability to differentiate by the mud for any additional victims and/or survivors who couldn’t leave the area.

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