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SLO County emergency workers rush to help with mudslide, flood response

Search dogs help firefighters look for victims after Montecito floods

Search dogs are helping Santa Barbara County firefighters search for victims in the rubble of destroyed homes in Montecito. Multiple homes were destroyed after heavy rains and mudslides.
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Search dogs are helping Santa Barbara County firefighters search for victims in the rubble of destroyed homes in Montecito. Multiple homes were destroyed after heavy rains and mudslides.

San Luis Obispo County is sending at least 40 emergency responders to Santa Barbara County to respond to a call for mutual aid issued by the California Office of Emergency Services to help with flood and mudslide response.

The emergency responders are from the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies, including members of the sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.

“Many of those members have already arrived on scene and are responding to the incident,” according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

The response comes as the death toll rose to eight in southern Santa Barbara County, an area particularly vulnerable in the wake of the Thomas Fire. Highway 101 is closed from Ventura area to Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department rescued a 14-year-old girl who had been trapped for hours in a destroyed home on the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, after an intense California storm pummeled the area with rain, flooding and m

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7934, @andrewsheeler

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