adidas tracksuit women landslide survivors comfort Montecito victims 13 years after own nightmare
On the anniversary of the disaster, the people connected to the tight knit oasis alongside Highway 101 north of Ventura, people who understand what it means to be buried, wanted to talk about Montecito. PT on Jan. 10, 2005, when it happened. He heard people scream. He watched a first responder rush into a pile of debris to rescue people.
On Wednesday, Granger was thinking more about the mud that slid in Santa Barbara County, just up the freeway, killing at least 17 people with more still missing. Particularly hard hit was the community of Montecito.
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just really pray for those poor people, he said. a horrible way to have to deal with life. the news of this week tragedy emerged on her TV screen Tuesday, Diane Metivier Hart couldn focus on anything else.
knowing the force of Mother Nature, she said Wednesday morning. no time to run. It came after at least 18 inches rain over 16 days and crushed the home that Metivier Hart rented on Santa Barbara Avenue.
The 4 foot 11 nurse was tossed into a wave of earth, furniture and splintered roof. She was buried for hours in a 30 foot hole before firefighters lifted out her broken body.
Now, 13 years later, she is 69 and lives in Pismo Beach. She told her story in her book released last February, A Silent Stillness Buried Alive.
know what they going through, she said of the survivors in Montecito. swept away and being engulfed in it. . people who live in La Conchita or are linked to the tragedy didn know Wednesday was the anniversary. Karen Townsend will never forget.
It was cool and sunny, just like it was on Wednesday. That when she lost her daughter, Michelle Wallet, and her granddaughters, Hannah, Raven and Paloma.
Michelle Wallet and her daughters are memorialized on a bench overlooking a Ventura beach. They died in the La Conchita landslide 13 years ago Wednesday.
They all died in the slide. Now their names adorn a bench overlooking a Ventura beach. on Your Pillows, reads the plaque.
The fact that people are going through the same loss in Montecito makes the memories more vivid.
just brings everything back again. I can see it all in my mind, she said, noting that the shock still remains, too.
a hard day, a really hard day, she said.
On Wednesday, sandbags remained in La Conchita streets. The Thomas fire burned close to homes there, protected by firefighters who lined the hill base. The charred hills were covered in green, thanks to a hydroseed combination of seed and mulch used to mitigate the risk of runoff from Tuesday morning storm.
think it helped. We still here, said Joan Fridwall, who moved to La Conchita in 2005, after the slide. Like others, she talked about the beauty of the village and how the community works together.
people are wonderful, she said, explaining how the community came together to clear out much of the dirt from the 2005 landslide that was left on Santa Barbara Avenue.