Search and rescue crews scour parts of California’s Santa Barbara County for people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight were missing. Earlier, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department incorrectly reported 48 people were missing, citing a clerical error.
Family members anxiously awaited word on loved ones who hadn’t been heard from since the onslaught early Tuesday. “It’s just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven’t heard from them – we have to find them,” said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents’ home was wrecked. The couple, Jim and Alice Mitchell, did not heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home to celebrate Jim Mitchell’s 89th birthday. CBS News confirmed on Thursday that the Mitchells were among the fatalities.