Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Share Updates On Montecito Mudslides

Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank

Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15

Authorities have urged the public to help as crews continued their search for the missing today, while more than 1,200 workers are taking part in the search and cleanup effort.

Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department firefighters respond to mud and debris flow due to heavy rain in Montecito.

"Everybody was exhausted from the fire warnings", Weimer said Friday. "We certainly hope there are going to be far fewer than that".

Though they were unclear of the exact number of fatalities at the time, it has been confirmed that 17 people have perished as a result of the mudslides. Overall, 28 people were injured. 17 dead. More than 400 homes damaged. First came the fires, and the Thomas Fire last month in this area west of Los Angeles was the biggest ever recorded in the state. The Thomas fire forced DeGeneres to evacuate.

"We know that this is a terribly inconvenient development, but it is also incredibly necessary", Brown said.

We may think we know more than the experts, but the odds are - overwhelmingly - we don't. "It's a whole different picture and it's pretty devastating". Tige said he was checking the downspouts of his home around 3:30 a.m. when the storm picked up.

"It's not just a wealthy community", DeGeneres said. Still, surrounded by her dogs and donated clothing and food, Troy said she's in no hurry to get back. "I tried to get out every single way and there was no way out".

A member of the Long Beach Search and Rescue team looks for survivors in a vehicle in Montecito. The team in its last deployment was requested to help with rescue efforts during the 2014 Napa quake. "We are teamed up with partner agencies responding to this tragedy and are working 24/7 to make progress toward reopening USA 101 while being cooperative with the search efforts underway".

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Marin County fire Battalion Chief and team member Graham Groneman said they are glad to use their skills to aid the community. We're going to help each other.

"We need that number to effectively meet our objectives", Anderson said. As the heaviest rain bands centered over Santa Barbara County, officials urged residents to "shelter in place or move to higher ground" instead of attempting to flee any fast-moving mudflows.

They came away shaken after seeing pictures of the flooded Highway 101 and the devastation to downtown Montecito, where they had a veterinary clinic for many years. Next to some of the devastated areas sat large estates untouched by the torrent, their lawns still green and the landscaping lush.

A desperate search is underway for survivors who were lost in the midst of California's mudslides.

Other victims include a 22-year-old woman who died in the arms of her brother as he frantically tried to save her, after their father was also swept to his death by the fast-moving river of mud.

Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs.

Asher returned with a pickax and five friends and trudged through the debris to salvage any possession he could find.

She had two adult children and three grandchildren.

"I flew over the area this morning, and there's about three-quarters to a mile of water", said Capt. Cindy Pontes, of the California Highway Patrol. "They just can't keep the water from coming in".

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