La Conchita, Calif.
Record rainfall sent a mudslide crashing through the coastal hamlet of La Conchita in Southern California this week, killing at least four people and destroying 15 houses. Rescuers dug into tons of debris and earth, hoping to find 27 people who had been reported missing. One resident, Matthew Gregorchuk, said he ran to his balcony and saw “a whole bunch of people running down the hill. And there was a house chasing them.” At least four people died in flooding elsewhere in California. One was a 2-year-old girl who slipped from her mother’s arms as rescuers in a helicopter plucked them from their flooded car.
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