Cellphone alert not issued until after Montecito mudslides started

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Mail Online—Santa Barbara emergency manager Jeff Gater said a cellphone push notification was not issued until 3.50am Tuesday by which time tons of mud and rock was already barreling toward homes.

California mudslides happened as cellphone alerts went out. Many Californians in the area hit hardest by this week's deadly mudslides did not heed warnings for hours and days by emergency officials encouraging them to evacuate their homes - and then received cellphone alerts of imminent slides when the massive streams of debris were already heading toward them or had already hit their neighborhoods....