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Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 20

The number of casualties from the January 9, 2018 storm and subsequent mudslides/flooding that occurred has risen to 20.  At approximately 3:45 p.m. on January 13, 2018, 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa was located deceased in the area of Hot Springs Road near Olive Mill Road during search and recovery efforts.  A positive identification was made this… Read more »

An Important Message from Our District Attorney

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley joins other County officials in expressing her grief, as well as her commitment to support the search and rescue efforts of Santa Barbara County’s first responders. “What has befallen our County is almost incomprehensible and for those first responders seeking to search for and rescue victims, it is almost unspeakable”… Read more »

Search Continues for Five Missing Persons in Montecito

 As of 8:00 p.m. on January 13, 2018 there are five active missing persons cases related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in Montecito. The list decreased from seven people to five today following the discovery of 25-year-old Morgan Corey who was found deceased during search and recovery efforts.  62-year old Delbert Weltzin was… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 19

The Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report that at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, January 13, 2018, 25-year-old Morgan Christine Corey was found deceased in an area east of Olive Mill Road.  We ask that your thoughts and prayers be with her family and friends who are already mourning the loss of Morgan’s 12-year-old sister… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 18

We are saddened to report that today, January 12, 2018, another victim was located in Montecito bringing the total number of casualties from this tragic incident to 18 decedents.  87-year-old Joseph Francis Bleckel of Montecito was located deceased around 11:30 a.m. inside his residence.  We want to express our heartfelt condolences to his family and… Read more »

Active Missing Persons Cases Related to Flood Incident

 The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the community’s help in locating several missing persons related to the January 9, 2018 storm incident. The following missing persons were reported by family and friends, and resided in areas that were heavily damaged during the storm and subsequent mudslides. Although search efforts are underway, Sheriff’s… Read more »

Names Released of Montecito Residents Fatally Injured During Flood Incident  

As of Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office had received 17 decedents directly related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in the Montecito area.  All of the decedents are from Montecito and have been positively identified by the Coroner’s Office.  Next of kin for all 17 decedents have been notified… Read more »

Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued to Assist Rescue and Cleanup

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: A new Mandatory Evacuation Order area has been declared for Montecito This area is west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. The Mandatory Evacuation Order was established because the foot and pedestrian traffic reached a… Read more »

Names of Montecito Residents Fatally Injured During Flood Incident Released

As of Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office had received 17 decedents directly related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in the Montecito area. All of the decedents are from Montecito and have been positively identified by the Coroner’s Office. Next of kin for all 17 decedents have been notified… Read more »

Search and Rescue Efforts Continue to Locate Victims in Montecito

UPDATE: As of 8 a.m. this morning there were 8 open missing persons cases and 17 confirmed fatalities related to the storm event. #sbsheriff For the latest information go to www.countyofsb.org

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