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Trying to contact loved ones in Santa Barbara County? These resources can help

Video shows devastation from mudslides, flooding

Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout Southern California and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires. At least five people died as rescue personnel scrambled through clogged roadways and downed trees and houses.
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Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout Southern California and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires. At least five people died as rescue personnel scrambled through clogged roadways and downed trees and houses.

Update, 4:20 p.m. Wednesday

Authorities said at a 4 p.m. news conference Wednesday that there is now a second phone number for the family assistance center.

If you need help looking for loved ones affected by the flooding and mudslides, the new phone number is 833-688-5551. Authorities are encouraging the public to use the 833 number.

The center is located at the First Presbyterian Church at 21 E. Constance Ave. in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara County has opened a center to assist people looking for loved ones affected by flooding and mudslides caused by Tuesday’s storm.

The center is at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. in Santa Barbara, the county said. The center will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday and will open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The phone number for the family assistance center is 805-364-1822.

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Santa Barbara County has also set up phone lines so people can get information about the storm or speak with a counselor. You can get information on evacuations, transportation assistance, road closures or talk to a counselor by calling 805-681-5542 or texting 805-699-0165. Local residents can also dial 211 for storm information, and people out of the area can get information by calling 800-400-1572.

The Red Cross also offers a resource to help find friends and family. You can go to www.redcross.org and click “Get Help” to either report someone as safe or search for family members.

If your loved one has a serious pre-existing health or mental health condition, you can make an emergency information request by calling the local Red Cross chapter for Central California at 805-987-1514 or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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