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Who they were: The victims of the Montecito mudslides

Who they were: The victims of the Montecito mudslides

Santa Barbara County officials have identified 20 people who were killed in the mudslides that swept through Montecito.

The oldest victim was 89. Four victims were children. The youngest was 3 years old.

These are their names and stories.

This story will be updated.


Josie Gower Family photo Josephine Gower, 69

Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Gower woke up to the sound of rain thundering on the roof of her home on East Valley Road. She walked downstairs, where her boyfriend had been keeping an eye on the storm.

Together, they opened the front door and looked outside. A wall of mud, debris and boulders as big as pickup trucks suddenly...

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