tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS January 10, 2018 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
captioning sponsored by cbs >> oh, my god! >> glor: an onslaught of powerful and deadly rivers of mud here in southern california. >> in some cases the water is waist-deep and homes were washed right off their foundations. >> glor: tonight the destruction, dramatic rescues, and the search for victims. >> people are buried in there, and we're just doing anything we can. >> glor: also tonight, the president says it's in the likely he'll agree to be interviewed by the special counsel. >> hillary clinton had an interview where she wasn't sworn in. she wasn't given the oath. >> glor: a nationwide raid of 7-elevens in the hunt for undocumented immigrants. >> in 1,000 feet stay to the right. >> glor: and when the g.p.s. rerouted cars to local streets, a town fought back. >> recalculating.
this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. news" with jeff glor reporting tonight from montecito, california. >> glor: good evening. first fire, now water. this area of southern california has been hit by back-to-back natural disasters. just weeks after wifires stripped the land of natural barriers, heavy rain touched off massive mudslides that are now blamed for at least 15 deaths. more than two dozen others have been hurt. some are still unaccounted for. rescue teams are searching the mud for victims who didn't or couldn't evacuate. more than 50 were fortunate enough to be rescued. at least 100 homes have been wiped away, 1,500 more are in danger. the best way to understand the scope of the disaster that has unfolded here is to walk among these once-magnificent homes for a closeup look and to fly above the devastation as we did earlier today.
>> look at that. the 101 is just underneath us right now, and you get a sense of just how much damage was done and how difficult this clean-up process is. k some cases the mud is te feet deep. some of these areas are so vulnerable to mudslides because the to pornography -- topography is so rugged. it goes from sea levels to mountains a few thousand feet high within just a few miles. in some cases the mud moved so fast and was so deep it swept homes right off their foundations. >> glor: when you get down to the ground, this is what you see. this is just one of the homes that has been overtaken by mud, and you hear those fire alarms. that is a sound that's going off all over this neighborhood. the 101 is one of the nation's most famous freeways, also one of its busiest, but, look, from this overpass you can see it is little more than a sink of mud and debris at this point.
and look at that one car still out there stranded all alone on the 101. and as we have seen in this neighborhood all afternoon, search-and-rescue dogs are leading the effort to find the missing. carter evans tonight shows us how this disaster unfolded and the challenges still ahead for the first responders. >> reporter: more than 36 hours after the floods began, search and rescue teams were poking through mud with sticks, looking for anyone who might be trapped. >> you're kind of doing what they do when there is an avalanche. you go around an you poke. if you feel something different, you try to figure out what it is. >> reporter: more than 100 people were rescued, many from rooftops by helicopter. >> a female stuck in the mud with chest pain. >> reporter: already scorched by the massive thomas fire in december, hillside in montecito collapsed when more than an inch of rain fell in less than 15 minutes. mar cofarrell had just gone outside his parents' home and
shot this video on his cell phone when he saw the mud and debris coming. >> the flash flood is right there. get out of here! go! oh, my god, mom. >> i basically ran for my life. i ran as fast as i could. i made it back to my house. within about 30 seconds of the front of the flash flood hitting. >> reporter: seconds later a boulder crashed through his kitchen door. >> we had waist-deep mud raging through my house, every inch of my house. >> reporter: the river of mud and debris swept up just about everything in its path. look at these huge boulders. over here, this is a classic car. now it's literally wrapped around a tree. major roads were swamped, trapping in, in their homes. >> how deep the mud is. >> reporter: oprah winfrey posted a video walking through the mud at her montecito estate. >> the house in the back is gone. >> reporter: voluntary evacuation orders were issued, but only 15% of residents left. many who got caught in the
mudslides had just evacuated in december during the wildfires. >> after what you've seen, are you surprised that so many people died? >> absolutely not. this town has evacuation fatigue. a lot of people were complacent. >> reporter: this is what people had to escape through, large trees, boulder, even cars rushing down the street and through these homes. if you look past the search-and-rescue team here, there's still about three feet of mud inside this home, and it's thick, it's like quicksand, but the good news, jeff, that orange x means this home has been checked and so far no one has been found. >> glor: carter evans, thank you very much. man who lives here in montecito just a few blocks down told me an extraordinary story today. in a flash, he went from witnessing the horror of what was happening last night to becoming one of the heroes. first berkeley johnson heard the roar. then he saw the rush of mud. >> coming up from the river was trees just dropping, and then i
saw it. it was probably 20 feet high of just rock and cars and trunks of trees. i just ran for it. i kicked out the window there to keep the water pouring out. we got up on the roof here and huddled up there. >> glor: did you think you were going to die? >> yeah. potentially. >> glor: the wall of dirt and debris left his home and his neighborhood devastated. power lines down, trees snapped and piled up, but in the darkness, he heard a very cry of life. >> he heard this little cry. i don't know how he heard it because it was so loud with all the stuff, but it went into this pile, and down that muck in the middle of nowhere was a little baby, a little child just in the mud up to its -- tangled in the roots and the nettle and the rock. if we weren't standing within two feet of that thing, we would have never heard it. so many things had to happen to
get to the point where we were standing two feet away. i grabbed it, pulled it out. it was covered in mud. >> glor: the girl's okay? >> the girl's okay. it was unbelievable. if you had seen just... there's no way that we should have found that child, and probably 15 more minutes it wouldn't have been alive because it was cold and it had been there for a while. >> glor: at the johnson's today, where everything seemed lost, a little luck was found. >> you found it? that was the bunny that i missed catching. y,. oh, my gosh. that sun believable. that is the best. >> glor: they found a rabbit which they thought was last earlier today. we will have much more here from santa barbara county later in the past, but first, there is other big news tonight. a federal judge here in california has blocked the trump administration from ending daca.
that is the program that protects children brought into the country illegally as children from being deported. more now on this from chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> reporter: "outrageous" is the word the white house used today to describe the injunction imposed by san francisco judge william alsup, who ruled that the administration made a mistake of law last fall when it decided to roll back the obama-era daca order, allowing so-called "dreamers" to go to school and find work without fear of deportation. dreamers like hector suarez. >> my daca expires on january 21st, and that's in 11 days. >> reporter: president trump hit back at the ruling on twitter, saying, "it just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is," but the judge wrote that the president's own past tweets, like this one, show he supports daca protections, too. "does anybody really want to throw out good, educated, and
accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? really? " >> we're going to come up with daca. >> glor: the white house was already dealing with daca fallout after the president appeared to sign with democrats about how the solve the problem? >> what about a clean daca bill now. >> i think a lot of people would like to see that. >> reporter: most republicans insist any protections for dreamers must be paired with more border security. >> i'm not going to support doing daca by itself. >> reporter: by today, mr. trump was back on the same page. >> it's got to include the wall. we need the wall for security. >> reporter: it is still unclear tonight how the department of homeland security plans to handle the judge's ruling, whether and when it will start accepting daca applications again. what is clear is that there is now new urgency of several false starts here on capitol hill to find a permanent legislative fix. jeff?
>> glor: nancy, there was an announcement about a significant republican retirement today. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's right. darrell issa of california, a long-time republican, former chair of the house government oversight committee, he says he will not be seeking reelection in 2018 in what many republicans feel will be a very difficult mid-term election season for them. the 31st republican to announce that. >> glor: nancy cordes, thank you very much. the president suggested today there is not much chance he'll agree to be interviewed in the russia investigation. he said, "we'll see." here's our chief white house correspondent, major garrett. >> there's been no collusion. there's been no crime. there's no collusion whatsoever. and there is no collusion. >> reporter: that has been president trump's mantra as special counsel robert mueller continues to investigate connections between mr. trump's campaign and russian operatives.
the president's lawyers are now negotiating with mueller over when and how an interview with mr. trump will occur, but today the president said that may not be necessary. >> when they have no collusion and nobody has found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview. >> reporter: he did point to a precedent for potential interview, comparing his situation to the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. >> hillary clinton had an interview where she wasn't sworn in. she wasn't given the oath. they didn't take notes. they didn't record. and it was done on the fourth of july weekend. >> reporter: clinton's interview with f.b.i. occurred july 2, 2016, and lasted three and a half hours. investigators did take notes despite mr. trump's claim. on twitter, the president for the first time called on republicans to "finally take control of the russia investigation that he said was making the country a laughingstock. " >> they've had this phony cloud
over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government. it does hurt our government. it is a democrat hoax. >> reporter: the president's lawyers believe an interview with mr. trump would signal the imminent conclusion of mueller's investigation. we learned today that in early november mueller added a justice department expert in cyber crimes to his team of investigators. jeff? >> glor: major garrett, thank you very much. a hospital in baltimore is investigating the treatment of one of its patients. staffers left the woman dressed only in her hospital gown near a bus stop last night in the freezing cold. jeff pegues has this story. >> so you're all just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on? >> reporter: overnight this man was walking past a baltimore hospital when he noticed something he says he'll never forget. >> i'm assuming that you all are with the security department? okay.
is there a supervisor available? >> i am the supervisor. >> reporter: the hospital security guard had just wheeled a patient to the bus stop, and in the freezing temperatures, they left her there. the only thing she had on was a hospital gown. >> it's about 30 degrees out here right now. are you okay? are you unable to speak? are you okay, ma'am? do you need me to call the police? >> reporter: it's call patient dump, and it doesn't just happen in baltimore. in 2007, "60 minutes" investigated the practice of removing homeless patients from los angeles hospitals and leaving them downtown. often the patients are not insured or have other financial issues. it's unclear if that was the case in baltimore. >> go ahead and sit down. [sobbing pawrns
okay, ma'am. go ahead and sit down. thank you. i'm going to call to get you some help. >> reporter: in a statement, the university o maryland medical center said they share the shock and disappointment of many who viewed the video. in the end, they say, "we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient." the man who recorded the video called 911. he says medics ended up taking the patient back to the same hospital. a review is under way that could lead to personnel action against the hospital employees involved. jeff? >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much. now to some other stories we are following in the evening news feed. immigration agents today raided nearly 100 7-eleven stores in 17 states and washington, d.c. at least 21 suspected undocumented immigrants were arrested. officials say the sweep was a follow-up to the 2013 arrests of nine 7-eleven owners and managers for harboring illegal immigrants.
the a.c.l.u. says it's investigating the arrest of a teacher monday night at a school board meeting in louisiana. the teacher had spoken out against a pay raise for the superintendent. a deputy city marshal escorted her out and cuffed her in the hallway. >> i am not. you just pushed me to the floor. >> glor: the teacher was arrested for resisting the officer, but charges were dropped. if there is one thing you need at the world's biggest electronics show, it is electricity, but the power was knocked out for two hours at the c.e.s. technology show in las vegas. nevada energy blamed the blackout on the convention center's equipment. there is much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." >> this sign of the times in leonia, new jersey, is a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem. >> this will change life in leonia. it should.
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george washington bridge. for years whenever traffic would back up at the bridge, savvy commuters would get off the highway and take a shortcut through leonia. if you knew the secret, there were ways to beat the jam. >> stay to the right to exit 78, i willly. >> reporter: but now everyone has waze or other traffic apps that routes them through leonia. once the main streets gets clogged starts sending commuters through residential side streets. mayor judah zeigler. >> they have an app that says take a right and a left and a right and a left to shave three minutes off your commute, they're all over every side street. >> reporter: this is what it can look like on if once-quiet streets obviouslily. their plan: restrict the streets during rush hour just to leonia residents, have hang tag in your car or get a ticket. >> we're in the talking about $20. >> no, we're talking about $200. $200 has some teeth. >> reporter: from medford, mass, to freemont, california, communitys have become victims of the traffic apps.
as leonia's police chief tom rowe discovered, if you passes a law, the app will remove side streets from its menu of shortcuts. >> people will do whatever the app tells them to do. it's scary sometimes. >> reporter: it's what the app stops telling them to do that should make lifelessed scary here. >> in 1,000 feet, stay to the right. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, i willly, new jersey. -- leonia, new jersey. >> glor: up next, the accidental bestseller.
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>> glor: 6,000 miles from here in the alps, the threat is not mudslides but avalanches. some areas got six feet of snow. a swiss town was cut off for days but trains are running again. in france, workers needed heavy equip to dig out a village. they carve path that has walls more than 20 feet high. a book about world war ii has suddenly and accidentally become a bestseller nearly a decade
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>> glor: a special nod to our cbs news crews today, up to their ankles sometimes beyond covered in mud working in santa barbara county, california. that, however, is nothing compared the what fire rescue crews are facing tonight as they search through the mud for the missing. here they came to the rescue of a 14-year-old girl trapped in the wreckage of a house. many of these unsung heroes are the same men and women who risked their lives fighting the wildfires that destroyed acre after acre here, setting up the conditions that led to the mudslide disaster. as the rainstorm ended, a rainbow appeared in the sky, a symbol of hope when it is needed most. hope is needed as all this work continues this evening. that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor reporting tonight frommont -- from montecito,
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