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Essential California: Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

Essential California: Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Deadly mudslides

Montecito residents thought their community could survive the rains. Then the earth collapsed. Boulders crushed cars. Mud and logs tore houses apart as if they were made of dust. People stood little chance. Stories of death and survival from the great mudslide.

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