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California mudslides: Evacuation zones expanded as searches continue

( CNN) As teams frantically searched areas of Southern California stifled by rivers of mud and stones, officials on Thursday increased the dimensions of the evacuation zones.

The immediate areas where at the least 17 people were killed are under mandatory evacuation, Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said.

“We know that this a terribly inconvenient growth but it is also incredibly necessary, ” Brown said to residents.

Jan 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm PST

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