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Red Cross shelter open for evacuees

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Approximately 40 evacuees were staying at the Red Cross shelter at Santa Barbara City College Friday. The shelter is providing food, cots and a 24-hour nursing service at the sports pavilion.

Counselors and spiritual care facilitators are also available at the shelter. 

Staff said the shelter will be open as long as people need a place to stay. One worker is personally caring for two dogs that were evacuated from the Santa Barbara mudslides.

"It's been really stressful for the people, people who didn't know if their homes were destroyed and people who were present when the mudslide hit them. It's stressful for the animals too," said volunteer Monica Nelson.

As of Friday night, emergency crews were still operating in search and rescue mode at the mudslide area. Red Cross workers said when emergency crews move into recovery mode, they will have case workers to work with evacuees individually.

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