The Latest: Bear found on beach may be mudslide victim
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the flash floods that ravaged Montecito, California (all times local):
A dead bear found on a Southern California beach this week may have died during mudslides that killed at least 20 people in Montecito.
State fish and game Lt. Nathaniel Dostal tells KSBY-TV that the female black bear was found on the sand in Carpinteria. It weighed about 300 pounds and had a crushed skull.
Dostal says it may have been hit by a boulder or other debris.
The carcass was removed Tuesday morning.
The numbers of homes destroyed or damaged by debris-laden flash floods in Montecito, California, last week have gone up as assessments of the disaster continue.
The incident command on Wednesday listed a dozen more single-family residences as destroyed, raising the tally to 127.
And additional 52 houses have now been counted as damaged, raising that total to 294.
Officials say the numbers will continue to fluctuate as assessments are vetted.
The number of fatalities stands at 20, with three people still missing.
The debris flows hit in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 as a storm unleashed heavy downpours. There’s a chance of rain late Thursday or Friday but it’s expected to be a very small amount.
Crews clearing mud and restoring utilities in Montecito, California, have another day of dry weather before the next chance of rain, but forecasters say the approaching system is weakening.
The National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, and overall the area from Santa Barbara County southward should expect a tenth of an inch (2.5 millimeters) or less.
At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito. Most of the community remains evacuated.
Weather has been good since then and Wednesday’s forecast calls for highs in the 60s to mid-70s.