LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been just over three months since mudslides killed at least 21 people and nearly wiped out the small Southern California community of Montecito.
Even after all that time, those who survived the catastrophe are still looking for and finding their belongings in the deep and hardened sludge.
They lost loved ones, neighbors and houses in the disaster. Two children remain missing. The community is far from returning to anything resembling how it used to be.
But through the shock and the misery, a Facebook page called Montecito Disaster Lost & Found has become a ray of hope for many. Started a couple of days after the tragedy, the page has connected hundreds of lost items with their owners — everything from old family photos and wedding veils to a massive hippo statue.