Montecito Bucket Brigade Lends a Hand at La Casa

Hundreds of volunteers spent their Saturday alongside Montecito homeowners during a community-driven recovery effort to help dig debris piles from houses after the Jan. 9 flash flooding and mud flows.

Equipped with gloves and waterproof boots, some 500 dust-masked volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade worked nearly five hours in the sun, helping remove debris, pick up small tree branches and muddy items, shovel away black sludge from exterior walls of houses and search for possessions among the rubble.

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