La Conchita *

La Conchita slide
If you have a good connection and enough memory, check out the photo full sized on the cover of today's Ventura County Star. The La Conchita mudslide is turning into a major tragedy. From 20 to 27 people are unaccounted for and possibly buried. Four bodies have been removed and 12 people treated for injuries. The Star website has the photo and headlines outside the registration wall, and links to video and other photos inside. Registration is free. Meanwhile, from AP:

Joining the search was Jimmie Wallet, who said he had left his wife and three daughters to buy ice cream and was leaving the store when he saw the river of earth curve toward his block. He ran toward his home but it was buried.

Wallet, 37, told The Associated Press he worked alongside firefighters to rescue two people from the debris Monday, and saw one of his neighbors pulled out dead.

Early Tuesday, Wallet's face and clothes were caked with mud but he said he had not given up hope of finding his family.

"I know they've got to be there. I'm not going to stop," he said.

* Eyewitness: LA.com has an item on a body being found near that giant boulder blocking Topanga Canyon Road.


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