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Rescue efforts continue in Montecito as community reels from deadly mudslide

Brittny Mejia, Matt Hamilton and James Queally, Los Angeles Times on

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Sally Mobraaten, 56, arrived at an evacuation center at Santa Barbara City College on Monday night desperately looking for her missing 86-year-old mother. She thought her mother had been evacuated but could not find her.

Mobraaten decided to head toward a Vons on Coast Village Road where the National Guard had been dropping people off. Along the way, she called hotels in Santa Barbara to see whether her mother was there.

She had no luck, until she spotted an elderly woman wearing a red rain coat and a white hat.

"That's my mother!" she shouted.

With the engine of her SUV still running, Mobraaten jumped out, ran to her mother and gave her a kiss.

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