Officials said Thursday morning that eight people remained missing after Tuesday's storm.
This time around, she will be on the ground to help coordinate efforts with community groups and Red Cross partners.
The cause of Bleckel's death wasn't announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides. The number of missing had grown, officials said, after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation shelters.
Mud fills the interior of a auto destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank. "(Montecito) is beyond recognizable".
The last embers were barely extinguished when the rains came. The wildfire left charred hillsides without vegetation cover to hold the heavy rainfall.
Some residents watched as crews tried to clean up the area, still in disbelief. Her body was discovered east of Olive Mill Road. "Literally. Ran for my life".
She said: "If you've never been there, Montecito is a small town. Mud came in an instant, like a dam breaking". The trees and mud knocked down a fence and hedges that surrounded the front of the property. 17 dead. More than 400 homes damaged. He said his parents called 9-1-1, then waited. "They weren't concerned", Weimer said.
But after the flooding had subsided, they heard a baby crying and climbed down from the roof to begin searching. DeGeneres said following the blazes, she was able to return to her house at the tail-end of last month.
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"The mud just." she said, her voice trailing off. "And our cars. Oh, our cars".
Santa Barbara County authorities said Thursday afternoon up to 43 people are missing as a result of the mudslides this week in the Montecito area. Heavy equipment and personnel are in the area, so please drive slow.
One of California's most celebrated roads, coastal Highway 101, was partially closed, with mud that was two feet deep in places, while in Montecito, mud reached the roof lines of houses, as residents surveyed their damaged homes.
The Mitchells were in love with their home in the seaside enclave of Montecito where they moved in 1995, according to their daughter. He joined the chorus of gratitude for the tireless work of first responders. "We are working with the local community to offer as much support to Kim and her family as quickly as possible", according to the GoFundMe page. "Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated".
Prior to hopping on the phone with Oprah, Ellen, visibly upset during the show, told her audience: "After everything we've been through I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious, but exactly what they feared happened".
Winfrey said that because her house is located on top of a knoll, she feels safe.
Speaking on Thursday, he said: "Realistically we suspect we are going to have the discovery of more people killed in this incident".
Bacon reported from McLean, Va.