Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

A winter storm sweeps across Southern California on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 causing a path of destructive and several deaths from mudslides, closed roadways due to flooding and vehicle crashes, and power outages to communities.

**** Victims of the Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm: ****

** As of 7:00pm PT on Thursday, January 11th, 2018: **

Authorities have release the names of the victims in the deadly mudslide in Montecito, California.

At least 17 people, ranging in age from 3 years old to 89 years old, are confirmed dead.

in a release statement, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said, “The Sheriff’s Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones. We request that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time.”

** Latest Confirmed Victim’s Names and Details on the Victims: **

 

  • 3 year old Kailly Benitez from Montecito, California

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  • 6 year old Peerawat Sutthithepa from Montecito, California

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  • 10 year old Jonathan Benitez from Montecito, California

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  • 12 year old Sawyer Corey from Montecito, California

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  • 22 year old Caroline Montgomery from Montecito, California

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  • 27 year old Marilyn Ramos from Montecito, California

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  • 48 year old Martin Cabrera-Munoz from Montecito, California

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  • 49 year old David Cantin from Montecito, California

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  • 54 year old Mark Montgomery from Montecito, California

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  • 61 year old John McManigal from Montecito, California

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** Picture from Riskin Partners via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 61 year old Rebecca Riskin from Montecito, California

Rebecca Riskin, a real estate agent and founder of Riskin Partners, was killed in the mudslides.

Riskin’s body was found Wednesday near a highway.

Riskin Partners confirmed her death and described Rebecca Riskin as “an exceptional woman” who lived her life with “strength, grace and elegance.”

Riskin Partners wrote on the company’s Facebook page, “It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community. Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners. At this time, Rebecca’s family requests privacy as they mourn her loss and celebrate her remarkable life. We too are still processing her passing and appreciate all of your kind messages and concerns. Details on a service and memorial to follow. Dina Landi, Sarah Hanacek, Jasmine Tennis, Robert Riskin, Erin Lammers, and Jenna Crawford.”

Riskin was a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater in New York, New York before an injury cut short her dancing career.

Riskin returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, California in 1979, where she began selling high-end real estate on the city’s west side.

She moved to Montecito, California in the early 1990s.

Riskin is survived by her husband, 2 grown children and a grandson.

 

  • 67 year old Richard Taylor from Montecito, California

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** Picture from Josephine “Josie” Gower’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 69 year old Josephine “Josie” Gower from Montecito, California

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by family as a very gregarious and very unique, who lived passionately, whether she was interacting with children, grandchildren, friends or strangers.

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by friends as warm and loving and as never speaking negatively about anyone.

Josephine “Josie” Gower loved to travel and would always stop to give cookies or other treats to people at the YMCA,.

** Picture from Peter Fleurat’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 73 year old Peter Fleurat from Montecito, California

NBC affiliate KSBY Channel 6 reports Peter Fleurat’s body was carried from his home on Hot Springs Road to Olive Mill Road where it was recovered by emergency workers.

Family and friends of Peter Fleurat were notified of his death Wednesday evening.

Juli Miller, friend of Peter Fleurat, wrote on Facebook, “With a very heavy heart, our kind, creative friend with an unforgettable laugh has left us. Thank you all for sharing and especially to Cynthia for finding the most recent information for us. Hug your loved ones and stay in contact with people you adore. You never know when it will be too late. Searching for a friend from Montecito currently listed as missing. Peter Fleurat. He was in his house on Hot Springs when the mudslide knocked it off the foundation. His partner was pulled from the mud and woke in the hospital.

Peter Fleurat’s partner Ralph Barajas’ is the owner of Rose Cafe restaurant in Santa Barbara, California.

The restaurant wrote on Facebook, “It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that our dear friend, Peter Fleurat, lost his life in the Montecito mudslide. He and our owner, Ralph “Lalo” Barajas, were trying to get to safety when their home was swept away with them in it, causing them to be separated. We had been searching for Peter since this happened Tuesday morning and received the tragic news yesterday evening. We are beyond grateful that Lalo was rescued and is safe with family, but now not only is he dealing with the loss of his home, but with the loss of his partner. Please understand that he needs time to grieve and needs our love and support during this difficult time. Thank you for checking in with us over the past couple of days. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.

Peter Fleurat had been a resident of Montecito, California since the 1970s, after moving from his childhood home in upstate New York.

Peter Fleurat studied nursing at Santa Barbara City College and worked as an end-of-life caretaker.

** Picture from Alice Mitchell’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 78 year old Alice Mitchell from Montecito, California

Alice Mitchell (Pictured Second From Right) stayed home to celebrate her husband’s 89th birthday on the night of the winter storm, the couple’s daughter tells KNBC 4 News.

The house on Hot Springs Road was washed away by raging floods.

Mitchell’s body was found down the road, on a different street.

** Picture from Saint Augustine Academy via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 84 year old Roy Rohter from Montecito, California

Rohter founded Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, California in 1994 and was described as a man dedicated to his Catholic faith and to helping others.

The mudslide swept Rohter and his wife Theresa Rohter out of their home.

Theresa was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition.

Rohter grew up in Chicago, Illinois and was a real estate broker for several years before founding St. Augustine Academy.

** Picture from James Mitchell’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 89 year old James Mitchell from Montecito, California

James Mitchell and his wife, Alice, were at their home when the winter storm hit.

The couple’s bodies were found Tuesday on Olive Mill Road.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims in the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. **

**** This news story will be updated as more information becomes available about the people who lost their lives the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. ****

At least 43 people are reportedly still missing and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the status of each person.

 

**** Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm Aftermath: ****

  • Santa Barbara County, California:

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The winter storm brought heavy rain onto burn hillsides areas left by the Thomas Fire causing mudslides that sweep into coastal community of Montecito, California.

** Pictures from Fabian Rodriguez, Rachel Shalhoob, and NBC News: **

Fire lights up the sky above the Montecito, California area after a debris flow that caught a gas line rupture.

** Pictures from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The mudslides caused a path of destruction to homes and vehicles.

Reports that multiple homes were on fire caused by gas line breaks.

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

Motorists were stuck along U.S. Highway 101 as mud flowed onto the roadway.

** Video from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of U.S. Highway 101 from State Route 126 in Ventura, California to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, California.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said the closures of U.S. Highway 101 could last at least 48 hours or more.

** Pictures from Caltrans District 7: **

According to Caltrans District 7, State Route 33 near Ojal, California is closed from Fairview Road to Lockwood Valley Road due to flooding, mud, and roadway damage.

Caltrans crews are working to clear slides on State Route 33.

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

Mud and debris flowed over railroad tracks blocking the main line for Union Pacific Railroad.

** Picture from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

First responders rescued a 14 year old girl who was trapped in the mudslide.

** Videos from NBC News and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

United States Coast Guard and Ventura County Aviation Unit assisted in rescues area.

United States Coast Guard rescued a family of five, including a newborn baby, after their house was overtaken by a mudslide.

** Video from Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

A person who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6.

According to the Ventura County Aviation Unit, the victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel.

** Videos from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, NBC News and Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

First responders along with search and rescue crews continue to search through building rubble, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars, huge boulders, and rocks for anybody still trapped from the mudslides.

 

  • Los Angeles County, California:

** Pictures from John Cadiz Klemack and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Mud flowed down hillsides and into a neighborhood near the Verdugo Mountains in Burbank, California.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Mud flowed down the hillside causing a dam to break.

Mud flowed down Country Club Drive blocked the roadway with a thick layers of mud.

** Video from LoganGShaw via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

A Prius was captured on camera being taken away down a street by the mud flow

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Mud covered part of La Tuna Canyon area in Sun Valley, California trapping a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car.

** Picture from Fabian Rodriguez: **

Mud covered a stretch of Topanga Canyon Road in Malibu, California trapping a vehicle in the mud flow.

A t least 2 lanes of Interstate 405 was closed in the Sepulveda Pass due to a rockslide.

A man and his dog was rescued from the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Basin near Sherman Oaks, California by swift water rescue crews in a helicopter.

Flooding forced passengers out of Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California.

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Several crashes were reported around the region due to wet and flooded roadways.

A 53 year old big rig truck driver was killed along Interstate 5 near Griffith Park after slamming into a concrete barrier and bridge pillar.

The crash blocked all northbound lanes of Interstate 5.

Details about what led to the crash in northbound lanes were not immediately available, but heavy downpours were reported in the area.

 

  • San Bernardino County, California:

** Pictures from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The winter storm dumped snow onto the mountains in Big Bear, California.

Motorists heading up the mountain to enjoy the snow were told they must use chains.

As of 3:30am PT Wednesday, Caltrans District 8 said chain controls are lifted in areas, but Caltrans crews are still working in the area to make sure the roadways remain safe for motorists.

** Picture from Caltrans District 8: **

According to Caltrans District 8, State Route 138 was closed from Interstate 15 to Summit Valley Road due to mud on the roadway.

Cajon Boulevard from Kenwood Ave and Cleghorn Road was closed in the Cajon Pass due to mudslide.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

A power outage, fire, flooding, and patrol vehicle crash occurred in Needles, California as the winter storm left Southern California.

At least 2 transformers on top of a utility pole snapped off and caught on fire along the 100 block of Erin Drive.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The North K Street Underpass near Downtown Needles, California was closed due to flooding.

** Pictures from Serena and Val: **

At least 2 officers from the California Highway Patrol were injured in a crash along Interstate 40 at mile marker 141 in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Lewis Evans said that 2 officers suffered minor abrasions and were transported to a hospital in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but the roadway was wet from the passing winter storm.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the winter storm aftermath. **

 

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