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Search and Rescue in La Conchita

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Rescue personnel search for victims possibly still alive Wednesday morning before dawn. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Exhausted rescue personnel sleep in a huddle. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Rescue personel search for victims. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Rescue dog ‘Flash Gordon’ signals to workers that a possible victim is nearby. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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La Conchita residents James Tolar, left, and Scott Thompson, load their car with belongings from their home on Ojai Ave. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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A search and rescue dog and handler survey the scene in La Conchita. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Ventura County Fire Dept. Chaplain Lyn Thomas, left, comforts La Conchita resident Brett Johnston, who has worked without rest to help rescue personnel locate his friends and neighbors. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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A search and rescue dog is used to find victims of the mudslide. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited storm ravaged La Conchita this morning and declared Ventura County a disaster area. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited storm ravaged La Conchita this morning and declared Ventura County a disaster area. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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