Rescue Dogs Help Find Missing People in California's Mudslides

Posted by Jason Sarna
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At least 20 people have died in the recent mudslide in Montecito, California.

The storm rolled into the community, which is located about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, early on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and brought heavy winds and more than an inch of rainfall an hour.

According to Business Insider, "the damage from torrential rains was made worse by recent wildfires in the area that charred the earth and scrubbed the land of vegetation, making the ground slicker and the slides more dramatic."

The Santa Barbra County Fire Department was quick to respond and has been doing all they can to help those in need.

Take a look at some photos of the devastation below:

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

 
To help rescue workers search for missing people, they have been using search and rescue dogs to wade through the mud and rocks and debris.

At least four people are still said to be missing.

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Saturday, January 13, 2018

 
Despite the devastation, the community has been coming together and showing their support to the first responders.

SBC and First Responders Say Thank You. - This care package was made with love by the Kickers Soccer Club in the Santa...

Posted by Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Sunday, January 14, 2018

 
If you would like help out, the Santa Barbra County Fire Department suggests donating to disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, or the United Way of Santa Barbara County.

 

Have you ever been in a mudslide? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Rescue Dogs Help Find Missing People in California's Mudslides