Santa Barbara County mudslide losses top $421 million

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 14:52:22-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California’s insurance commissioner says more than $421 million in insurance claims losses have been filed since deadly mudslides blasted through the community of Montecito during extremely heavy January rains.
Commissioner Dave Jones announced Monday that insurers have received more than 2,000 claims for residential and commercial losses.
The claims include $388 million for residential personal property, $27.2 million for commercial property and $6.7 million for auto and other lines of insurance.
The Jan. 9 storm dumped a large amount of rain very rapidly on unstable land that had been burned by the Thomas Fire.
Torrents of water flowed down hills carrying mud, boulders and debris.
Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged, 21 people were killed and two remain missing.

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