"Death Toll Rises To 17 In California Mudslides, 17 Missing"

"SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

The two additional fatalities were discovered as some 500 rescuers using search dogs, helicopters and thermal-imaging equipment dug through waist-deep mud for victims or survivors of the mudslides, which were triggered by a heavy downpour early on Tuesday.

Three more people were rescued from the path of debris on Wednesday. None of the dead have been publicly identified."

Rollo Ross and Alan Devall report for Reuters January 10, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 01/11/2018