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7 hospitalized 1 week after deadly California mudslides

January 16, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal California town of Montecito, killing 20.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital says that as of Monday evening, two of the seven still undergoing treatment were in critical condition.

Twenty-eight patients have been treated and released.

The mudslides were triggered Jan. 9 by a powerful storm that dumped heavy rain on mountain slopes that had been burned bare by a huge wildfire in December.

More than 500 homes were damaged or destroyed. Three people including a 2-year-old girl remain missing.

Officials say the U.S. 101 freeway is not expected to reopen until Jan. 22. It’s been closed for a week.

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