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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

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

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

County to Hold Montecito Vigil

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

Saturday, January 13, 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

Formal Missing Persons List Drops to Five; 500 More Firefighters Work the Montecito Mudslides

The number of firefighters increased to 1,250 from about 700 on Thursday. Read story.

Originally published 10:39 a.m., January 12, 2018
Updated 11:15 a.m., January 12, 2018

Vons Opens to Montecito Customers After Mudslides

Residents were escorted to shop, but were told they could not get back to their homes until further notice. Too many equipment trucks were on the road, sheriff's deputies said. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coliform Bacteria in Santa Barbara Ocean Waters Exceed Health Standards

County warns swimmers and surfers to stay out of the sea due to raw sewage. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Names of 17 Montecito Mudslide Victims Released

Eight more people remain missing. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Santa Barbarans Give Support to Montecito Mudslide Victims

United Way fund expanded; more offers on this list being constantly updated. Read story.

Originally published 1:00 p.m., January 11, 2018
Updated 1:58 p.m., January 11, 2018

Half of Historic San Ysidro Ranch Destroyed in Montecito Mudslide

Entire buildings were leveled when a ruptured gas line exploded. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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