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The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has launched an intense search for another missing family after reports of an SUV in the Eel River. This time, the Thotopilly family, who witnesses say, a car matching the description of their maroon colored SUV may have accidentally slid into the raging river near Leggett during a storm last week. The sheriff’s department has asked for the help of Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Boat Team, CHP for a Helicopter out of Redding, The Piercy Fire Department, Leggett Valley Fire Department, and Swift Water Component Teams from the Little Lake Fire Department, Ukiah Valley Fire Department and Hopland Fire Department. They say once they find the SUV spotted sliding into the river, a recovery plan will be put in place. The family vacationing in Oregon and headed to San Jose when they were reported missing.

Searches continue for the missing 3 Hart children from a family of eight out of WA state. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says patrol deputies have not found Hannah, DeVonte or Sierra Hart or any physical evidence associated with the investigation. A body was found last weekend of a black female, but results from a DNA test will not be available for days. Divers are prepared to go out again to the crash site as ocean conditions permit, but that may not be for several days. Updates are being posted daily on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

Six months after the October wildfires raged thru Northern California the state reports all debris removal in several counties is done. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services working with FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. EPA, Cal EPA and CalRecycle report the major work removing fire and ash debris is done in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. They’ve counted almost 1.7 million tons of debris from the seven counties. Since the disaster declaration there’ve been almost 4,500 households approved for FEMA assistance at more than $15.7 million dollars. And the SBA has approved nearly 1,200 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses at more than $151 million.


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