Record rain and mudslides hit California

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The number of people missing from last week’s deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

Emergency officials said hopes were diminishing that they would pull more survivors from the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and twisted debris left behind by the Tuesday mudslides that scoured a landscape already barren from last year’s record-setting wildfires.

The mudslides that scoured the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles, caused the greatest loss of life from a California mudslide in at least 13 years. (Reuters)

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<p>Rescue workers scour through cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Rescue workers scour through cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

<p>Santa Barbara County Fire Engineer Rick Pinal navigates through a muddy Montecito, Calif., home backyard on Jan. 13, 2018. The home was destroyed by deadly mudflow and debris early Tuesday morning following heavy rainfall. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Santa Barbara County Fire Engineer Rick Pinal navigates through a muddy Montecito, Calif., home backyard on Jan. 13, 2018. The home was destroyed by deadly mudflow and debris early Tuesday morning following heavy rainfall. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Santa Barbara County Firefighter Vince Agapito searches through a Montecito, Calif., home on Jan. 13 that was destroyed by deadly mudflow and debris early Tuesday morning following heavy rainfall. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Santa Barbara County Firefighter Vince Agapito searches through a Montecito, Calif., home on Jan. 13 that was destroyed by deadly mudflow and debris early Tuesday morning following heavy rainfall. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

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<p>Rescue workers enter properties to look for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Rescue workers enter properties to look for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

<p>A mud-filled property after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A mud-filled property after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

<p>Emergency crew members search an area damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency crew members search an area damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>Rescue workers search in an around cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Rescue workers search in an around cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

<p>A work crew cleans up an area of Highway 101 that flooded in Montecito, Calif., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A work crew cleans up an area of Highway 101 that flooded in Montecito, Calif., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>This Jan. 11, 2018 satellite image released by DigitalGlobe News Bureau shows an area of homes after storms caused mudslides and flooding in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: DigitalGlobe News Bureau via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

This Jan. 11, 2018 satellite image released by DigitalGlobe News Bureau shows an area of homes after storms caused mudslides and flooding in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: DigitalGlobe News Bureau via AP)

<p>Flood waters and mud pushed out the wall of a bedroom where a woman was reported missing by friends and family but was later found to be safe on Jan. 11, 2018 in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Flood waters and mud pushed out the wall of a bedroom where a woman was reported missing by friends and family but was later found to be safe on Jan. 11, 2018 in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>A search and rescue worker gives water to a search dog after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A search and rescue worker gives water to a search dog after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018. (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

<p>Teresa Drenick stands in her sister’s home damaged after heavy rains off Glen Oaks Lane, while Sean Bornwell retrieves some of her sister’s personal belongings on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. Drenick’s sister has been missing since early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Teresa Drenick stands in her sister’s home damaged after heavy rains off Glen Oaks Lane, while Sean Bornwell retrieves some of her sister’s personal belongings on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. Drenick’s sister has been missing since early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Kerry Mann navigates the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The woman who lives in the home has not been seen since the early hours of Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Kerry Mann navigates the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The woman who lives in the home has not been seen since the early hours of Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>A constrution vehicle clears mud along La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A constrution vehicle clears mud along La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Ventura Search & Rescue volunteers (in orange) listen to a briefing from a Ventura County firefighter on Glen Oaks Road in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Ventura Search & Rescue volunteers (in orange) listen to a briefing from a Ventura County firefighter on Glen Oaks Road in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>The wreckage of two autos sits on the beach that were carried by floodwaters down Montecito Creek Tuesday all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

The wreckage of two autos sits on the beach that were carried by floodwaters down Montecito Creek Tuesday all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Cal Firefighter Alex Jimenez walks out after finding a body under the mud at a house along Glen Oaks Drive in Montecito after a major storm hit the burn area Wednesday on Jan.10, 2018 in Montecito, California. (Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Cal Firefighter Alex Jimenez walks out after finding a body under the mud at a house along Glen Oaks Drive in Montecito after a major storm hit the burn area Wednesday on Jan.10, 2018 in Montecito, California. (Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>An excavator removes debris from an area damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

An excavator removes debris from an area damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>Mudflow, boulders, and debris from heavy rain runoff from early Tuesday reached the roof of a single story home in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Mudflow, boulders, and debris from heavy rain runoff from early Tuesday reached the roof of a single story home in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Search and Rescue crew walk toward flooded waters in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Search and Rescue crew walk toward flooded waters in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>Montecito firefighters walk on a road damaged by mudslides in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Montecito firefighters walk on a road damaged by mudslides in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>Emergency personnel evacuate local residents and their dogs through flooded waters after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel evacuate local residents and their dogs through flooded waters after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>Traffic is diverted on Foothill Road as workers place K-rail barricades along burn areas during a winter rain storm in Ventura, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Monica Almeida/Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Traffic is diverted on Foothill Road as workers place K-rail barricades along burn areas during a winter rain storm in Ventura, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Monica Almeida/Reuters)

<p>Aerial view of mudflow and damage to homes in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Matt Udkow/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Aerial view of mudflow and damage to homes in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo: Matt Udkow/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from a collapsed house after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from a collapsed house after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>Emergency personnel rescue a 14-year-old girl from a house after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel rescue a 14-year-old girl from a house after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters)

<p>U.S. Highway 101 at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

U.S. Highway 101 at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Cesar Limon of the Montecito Water Dristrict surveys the area of Montecito Creek where flash flooding destroyed homes in Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Cesar Limon of the Montecito Water Dristrict surveys the area of Montecito Creek where flash flooding destroyed homes in Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire)

<p>An aerial view from a Ventura County Sheriff helicopter shows a site damaged by mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

An aerial view from a Ventura County Sheriff helicopter shows a site damaged by mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/via Reuters)

<p>Emergency personnel carry a man covered in mud after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel carry a man covered in mud after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>A man wades in a flooded section of the US 101 freeway near the San Ysidro exit in Montecito, California on Jan. 9, 2018.<br> (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A man wades in a flooded section of the US 101 freeway near the San Ysidro exit in Montecito, California on Jan. 9, 2018.
(Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Sara Wilcox looks at the damage done by a mudslide on Olive Mill Rd in Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Sara Wilcox looks at the damage done by a mudslide on Olive Mill Rd in Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighters work admist flood waters and mud after debris flow during heavy rains in Sun Valley, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighters work admist flood waters and mud after debris flow during heavy rains in Sun Valley, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A detail of a Mercedes-Benz hood ornament stuck in the mud after the vehicle was washed away and destroyed by flood waters in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A detail of a Mercedes-Benz hood ornament stuck in the mud after the vehicle was washed away and destroyed by flood waters in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>A small dog is rescued on Olive Mill Rd. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: Stacey Wright/Santa Barbara Urban Hikers via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A small dog is rescued on Olive Mill Rd. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Montecito, Calif. (Photo: Stacey Wright/Santa Barbara Urban Hikers via AP)

<p>A worker tries to free a car is trapped in a deep debris flow that covered parts of Topanga Canyon Boulevard near the village of Topanga west of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A worker tries to free a car is trapped in a deep debris flow that covered parts of Topanga Canyon Boulevard near the village of Topanga west of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP)

<p>A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Carpinteria resident Scott Mayfield walks through the mud on Foothill Road in Carpinteria, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Michael Owen Baker/AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Carpinteria resident Scott Mayfield walks through the mud on Foothill Road in Carpinteria, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Michael Owen Baker/AP)

<p>A home is buried in flood debris in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A home is buried in flood debris in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>A man gets rescued from the 101 freeway Tuesday afternoon. Mudslides closed the freeway down through Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A man gets rescued from the 101 freeway Tuesday afternoon. Mudslides closed the freeway down through Montecito, Calif., on Jan.9, 2018. (Photo: Erick Madrid via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif., following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Twitter) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif., following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Twitter)

<p>The Montecito Inn sits in flooded waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

The Montecito Inn sits in flooded waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters)

<p>Emergency personnel search through debris and mud flow after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Rreuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel search through debris and mud flow after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Rreuters)

<p>Damaged vehicles carried by mud flow and debris at the parking garage of The Montecito Inn in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Damaged vehicles carried by mud flow and debris at the parking garage of The Montecito Inn in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

<p>Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif., following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Twitter) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif., following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Twitter)

<p>Emergency personnel rescue a man from flood waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency personnel rescue a man from flood waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters)

<p>An overturned car is entangled in debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

An overturned car is entangled in debris after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters)

<p>Emergency crews assist in rescue during heavy rain and mudflows in Southern California on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: LAPD HQ) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

Emergency crews assist in rescue during heavy rain and mudflows in Southern California on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: LAPD HQ)

<p>A flash flood area sign is posted, as evacuations have been issued for several fire-ravaged communities in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) </p>
Record rain and mudslides hit California

A flash flood area sign is posted, as evacuations have been issued for several fire-ravaged communities in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

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