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Memorial event set as Montecito mudslide marks 2 years

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Posted at 3:47 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 00:47:21-05

Thursday marks two years since the deadly Montecito mudslide that killed 23 people.

Two of the victims remain missing to this day.

January 9, 2018 brought devastation to the Montecito community as flooding rain, mud, boulders and debris rushed down from the charred hillsides and crashed into homes.

The Thomas Fire had burned the hills above the small town weeks earlier, leaving the landscape unstable and vulnerable.

Hundreds of homes sustained damage beyond repair, forcing survivors into temporary housing.

The community has worked to rebuild since the disaster. A public memorial, "Raising Our Light 2020," is set for Thursday.

It will be an evening of remembrance, connection and hope at Westmont College in the Murchison Gymnasium. Shuttle rides begin at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6:30. The reception will follow at 7.