The death toll from the mudslides that struck California climbed to 16 as rescue crews continue to search for trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught.
Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday..for up to two dozen people missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal area, killing at least 16.
Mudslides damaged historic hotels and the homes of celebrities, who relish the area sandwiched between the ocean and the sprawling Los Padres National Forest.
Officials have ordered residents to stay in their homes so that rescuers can better go about their work.About 300 people were stranded in a canyon. Local rescue crews, using borrowed helicopters from the US Coast Guard, worked to airlift them out, officials said.