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Volunteers sift through soil months after deadly mudlside in Montecito

Andrea Pighetti, left, and Sherri Ball, right, who lost her home in the Jan. 9, 2018, Montecito mudslide, sort through items found in debris piles as volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade search through piles of dirt for manmade objects and the two young victims, Lydia Sutthithepa, 2, and John “Jack” Cantin, 17.

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John Abraham Powell “Abe,” co-founder and executive director of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, looks at a map marking the location of victims with Kimberly Cantin, whose husband, David Cantin, was killed in the Montecito mudslide on Jan. 9, 2018. Her son, John “Jack” Cantin, 17, is presumed dead because his body has never been found. 

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Personal items recovered from piles of debris by volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade as they sort through debris at homes damaged in the Jan. 9, 2018 mudslide. 

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Jennifer Stafford takes off her protective mask for a breath as she volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade searching through debris at a home damaged in the Jan. 9, 2018, mudslide.

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Kimberly Cantin, right, whose husband David Cantin was killed in the Montecito mudslide of Jan. 9, 2018, hugs neighbor Noelle Strogoff in Montecito. Cantin’s daughter Lauren was injured in the slide, and her son John is presumed dead.

 

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John Abraham Powell “Abe,” co-founder and executive director of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, demonstrates where new soil is covering original soil at the location of a home severely damaged in the Montecito mudslide.

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Montecito resident and Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade volunteer Marco Farrell shows the screen grab of the rain cell over the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Montecito that poured rain onto the slopes denuded by the Thomas fire, triggering a devastating mudslide. 

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A house sits among boulders and mud along Glen Oaks Drive in Montecito after the mudslide.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The 101 Freeway through Montecito was shut down after the devastating mudslide.

 

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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