As skies clear, rescue efforts continue for Southern California residents trapped by mudslides and flooding

Jan 10, 2018


A bulldozer clears mud off the road near a flooded section of US 101 freeway near the San Ysidro exit in Montecito, California on January 9, 2018. ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


Yesterday morning’s massive mudslides and flooding in Montecito killed at least 15 people, with dozens of others unaccounted for.

As of dawn, about 300 residents of Montecito’s Romero Canyon were awaiting rescue. The canyon is inaccessible except by helicopter.

AirTalk surveys the damage.


Amber Anderson, public information officer for the City of Santa Barbara

David Wagner, KPCC business and economy reporter; he is in the La Tuna Canyon area covering the damage from the rain and mudslides

Lance Orozco, reporter with KCLU, our sister NPR station covering Ventura County

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