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Emergency Doctor Urges Patience after Montecito Disaster

Cottage medical director Dr. Brett Wilson warns impacts will be significant and long-lasting. Read story.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Candlelight Vigil Remembers Those Lost to the Flood

The search for survivors has turned into a search for remains. Read story.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Montecito Debris Flow Devastation Concentrated Along Creeks

A new map reveals the bulk of the damage and fatalities occurred along Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks. Read story.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Inmates Make Up a Quarter of Fire Personnel

Inmates carried a safe on a stretcher. Read story.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Search Dogs Comb Hills of Montecito for Survivors and Remains

With at least three people still unaccounted for, 13 more canines have been assigned to mudslide rescue and recovery efforts in the past two days. Read story.

Originally published 2:21 p.m., January 14, 2018
Updated 12:28 p.m., January 16, 2018

Two Bodies Newly Identified in Montecito Mudflow

Two families learn deaths are confirmed. Read story.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A House-by-House Damage Assessment of the Montecito Mudslides

The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts. Read story.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thai-American Family Devastated by Montecito Mudslide

Vons becomes a sanctuary for Montecito community. Read story.

Originally published 10:39 p.m., January 13, 2018
Updated 11:43 a.m., January 15, 2018

Another Body Found Saturday in Montecito Mudslides

The Sheriff's Office has confirmed 20 fatalities. Read story.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Names, Photos of Seven Missing People Released

Five days after the Montecito mudslides, the search for survivors continues. Read story.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

After the Mudslides, What Does the Next Rain Hold for Montecito?

Thomas Fire was just part one of the rain season. Read story.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

County to Hold Montecito Vigil

Community ceremony at Courthouse Sunken Garden on Sunday at 5 p.m. Read story.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Amid Unprecedented Emergency Response, Future Remains Uncertain After Montecito Mudslides

The death toll climbs to 18. Read story.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Highway 101 Opening Pushed Back

Caltrans announced re-open date unknown; trains have been delayed. Read story.

Originally published 3:42 p.m., January 12, 2018
Updated 5:42 p.m., January 12, 2018

Where Is the Mud Going?

Truckloads of black, watery mud collected after the devastating Montecito mudslides are being dumped . Read story.

Originally published 2:18 p.m., January 12, 2018
Updated 5:55 p.m., January 12, 2018
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