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Difficult Search Goes On in California Mudslides

The difficult search goes on in Montecito, California, five days after storm-spawned mudslides roared down from fire-stripped hillsides and smashed through dozens of homes, killing at least 18 people and leaving others missing.

Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 11:33 AM

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

The difficult search goes on in Montecito, California, five days after storm-spawned mudslides roared down from fire-stripped hillsides and smashed through dozens of homes, killing at least 18 people and leaving others missing.

The army of search-and-rescue crews and recovery workers swelled to more than 2,100 on Saturday in the coastal enclave about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The number of missing has fluctuated but stands at seven.

Crews are using backhoes, jackhammers and shovels to look for victims and clear roads.

Weather is good, but forecasters say there's a slight chance of light rain by next Friday.

New inspections are underway. Officials say there could be changes in the assessments that report 65 single-family homes and eight businesses destroyed and 462 homes and 20 businesses damaged.

Much of the community remains under mandatory evacuation orders.

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