Landslides and mudslides

Eric Arneson unloads his truck after returning to his home in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Residents are trickling back to the California coastal town that was devastated two weeks ago by mudslides that killed at least 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred homes. (AP Photo/Daniel Dreifuss)
January 25, 2018 - 5:30 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Emotional residents are trickling back to the California coastal town that was devastated two weeks ago by mudslides that killed at least 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred homes. Santa Barbara County officials finally lifted evacuation orders this week for about 1...
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A snow covered caravan is parked in Airolo, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The roads and railways in Airolo and also the Gotthard tunnel are closed due to a landslide on the A2 motorway. (Pablo Gianinazzi/Ti-PressKeystone via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 12:28 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in Europe (all times local): 6:20 p.m. French officials say that roads and ski slopes have reopened in the Chamonix ski resort on Mont Blanc and confinement orders have been lifted as an exceptional avalanche risk recedes. Road and resort closures that...
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January 21, 2018 - 3:36 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials say a key coastal highway swamped by deadly mudslides has reopened after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region. Jim Shivers, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, says traffic began...
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This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 shows Pinit Sutthithepa. Sutthithepa was among those reported missing from this week's deadly Montecito, Calif., mudslides. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office via AP)
January 20, 2018 - 10:32 pm
Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe give Montecito its star power, but it's people like Antonio and Victor Benitez who keep the wealthy Southern California community running. The Mexican brothers are gardeners and part of the town's working-class immigrant population, which suffered outsized losses from the...
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In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, James Gleeson, a surveyor with the Washington State Department of Transportation, takes measurements from the shoulder of Interstate 82 to monitor a slow-moving landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge beyond in Union Gap, Wash. Large containers line a road below the ridge, an effort to help block rocks and debris from reaching the highway. The threat has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable – the collapse of the ridge near the interstate highway that experts say should occur sometime from late January or early February. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
January 16, 2018 - 2:13 am
UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway. People in Washington are especially wary of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, crews work on clearing Highway 101 in the aftermath of a mudslide in Montecito, Calif. Officials say the possibility of future catastrophic floods will be in mind as Montecito rebuilds following deadly mudslides that devastated the wealthy coastal hideaway. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 15, 2018 - 5:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people. Much of the water on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, a damaged car sits over fallen and debris behind downed power lines in Montecito, Calif. While an aggressive cleanup could mean Montecito will welcome visitors again in weeks, the rebuilding of infrastructure and hundreds of homes will be measured in months and years. It will also offer a chance to re-imagine aspects of a town that has favored slow growth over the runaway development closer to Los Angeles, 90 miles down the coast. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 15, 2018 - 10:46 am
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of another catastrophic flood...
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People attend a candlelight vigil in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, to pay tribute to the people who were killed when mudslides ravaged a Southern California. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)
January 14, 2018 - 11:07 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the 20 people who were killed when mudslides ravaged a Southern California community. Tears were shed and hugs and prayers were shared during the emotional service outside the Santa Barbara...
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Colette Layton, bottom, of the Atascadero Fire Dept, searches a home Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 13, 2018 - 4:33 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Crews dug away at masses of mud, boulders and debris with earth-moving machines and shovels Saturday in a California town ravaged by mudslides, hoping to find seven people still missing in a disaster that has already claimed at least 18 lives. The army of searchers and...
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Emergency crew members search an area near houses damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. The number of missing after a California mudslide has fluctuated wildly, due to shifting definitions, the inherent uncertainty that follows a natural disaster, and just plain human error. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 12, 2018 - 9:23 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to clean up massive debris and repair power, water and gas lines. Even those who didn't lose their homes in the disaster that left at...
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