Jackson Releases Statement on Mudslide Recovery and Rescue Efforts

January 10, 2018

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement today on the mudslide in Santa Barbara County:

“Today has been another heartbreaking and difficult day, as the search and rescue effort continues and the number of casualties has grown to 17. The search for the missing remains ongoing, and all of us have begun taking in the extent of the devastation to our community. I know our strong community will regain its footing and we will recover.

Safety must continue to be everyone’s top priority. I urge everyone to continue to follow evacuation and safety orders, to follow orders to boil water, if directed to do so, and to continue to look out for each other. I extend my deepest gratitude to our emergency personnel for their extraordinary bravery and rescue efforts. I am relieved that the federal disaster declaration has been extended to include this mudslide, which will clear the way for additional federal assistance to our community.

I extend my prayers to all those searching for family members, and urge them to call the Family Assistance Center at 833-688-5551 if they need assistance locating anyone.”

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.