The death toll from the Central Coast mudslides has risen to 20 after search and rescue teams discovered the body of a 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man over the weekend. Meanwhile, four people remain missing.
Officials announced Sunday that 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa had been found dead. On Jan. 9, Sutthithepa’s 6-year-old son Peerawat and his 79-year-old father-in-law Richard Loring Taylor were both found dead.
Sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter Lydia is still missing, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
On Friday, search and rescue crews found the body of 25-year-old Morgan Corey. Her 12-year-old sister Sawyer was found dead earlier in the week.
In addition to Lydia Sutthithepa, John “Jack” Cantin, 17; Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28; and John “Jack” Keating, 53 are still missing.
The storm struck Santa Barbara County on Jan. 9, causing flooding and mudslides, particularly in areas that had been affected by the recent Thomas Fire.
The storm has destroyed 65 single-family homes and damaged 446 single-family homes. Another eight commercial properties were destroyed and 20 were damaged.
Numerous roads in the area remain closed, and rescue teams have been using military vehicles to traverse some of the mud. Highway 101 is expected to remain closed between the junction of State Route 150 and Milpas Street indefinably.