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Record rain and mudslides hit California

Rescue workers scour through cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

Record rain and mudslides hit California

The number of people missing from last week’s deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

Emergency officials said hopes were diminishing that they would pull more survivors from the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and twisted debris left behind by the Tuesday mudslides that scoured a landscape already barren from last year’s record-setting wildfires.

The mudslides that scoured the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles, caused the greatest loss of life from a California mudslide in at least 13 years. (Reuters)

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