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First Wave of Emotional Residents Return to California Mudslide Area

Taking stock of their lives and remembering those who were lost, emotional residents Thursday trickled back to the California coastal town that was devastated two weeks ago by mudslides that killed at least 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred homes. Santa Barbara County officials finally lifted evacuation orders this week for about 1,600 people in the hillside enclave of Montecito, while thousands of others waited for word that it was safe to return. Sheriff’s deputies drove...

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