Emergency managers say they warned residents days ahead of the storm, including with tweets warning that flash-flooding and debris flows were imminent. Below is an updated map from Santa Barbara County listing other road closures in the area.
Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said most if not all rescues conducted Wednesday and Thursday were of people who were safe but just wanted to get out of the area.
Rescue crews searched for survivors on Wednesday following the disaster that flattened homes and swept away cars. But within an hour, they said they had made a clerical error and the actual number of missing was eight. The cost of the mudslides' destruction is still unknown, but authorities believe at least 400,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. Santa Barbara County's fire chief said nearly the entirety of Montecito, except for a small section in the southeast, were under mandatory evacuation orders as of 6 p.m. local time.
Residents were rescued by helicopter from the roofs of their homes - with some later returning to recover valuable belongings and pets.
Roy Rohter, 84, founder of the St. Augustine Academy Roman Catholic school, died when the slide swept him from his home in Montecito, according to school officials and local news media.
Winfrey's home survived the mudslides.
About 1,250 emergency workers raced against the clock to find survivors with drones, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs in the rescue and clean-up efforts, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said. "Thousands have been blessed by the Rohters' friendship and generosity".
The drenching rains that unleashed the deadly torrents managed to finally contain the largest wildfire in state history, which burned for weeks above Montecito and stripped the steep hills of vegetation, making it prone to mudslides. Her daughter-in-law Sarah Gower confirmed Gower's death in a Facebook post. Hayden Gower asked, tearfully.
So when the voluntary evacuation advisory was issued for her neighborhood in this wealthy enclave just south of Santa Barbara, she packed a "go bag" and then ignored the warning. "Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners". "We can't get in, we can't get out unless you get escorted by the police", Montecito resident Matt McAllister said.
Hartmann said he found a tennis trophy awarded in 1991 to a father-son team his wife knows.
As of that time, the confirmed death toll from the Southern California disaster stood at 17 people. Multiple houses were ripped out from their foundations. Almost every home on their block was destroyed. Eight commercial properties were destroyed and 20 damaged.
Until further notice, visitors can walk the sands but they're urged to stay out of the water because storm and mudslide runoff may have brought raw sewage and chemicals to the sea.
DeGeneres posted a picture on Twitter of herself standing in mud next to a downed tree near her home.
Emergency officials set up a Family Assistance Center at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.in Santa Barbara.
"We realize that this is going to be a long and hard journey for all of us and our community", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters at a late afternoon news conference. First responders put on skis to help the stranded since many roads and thruways had become raging rivers.
Cantin's 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was rescued by firefighters this week after being trapped for hours.
Rainfall totals on Tuesday afternoon ranged from 3 to 5 inches in the mountains in Ventura County and 2 to 3 inches in the mountains of Santa Barbara County. (AAP) United States, California:A vehicle is stuck as the deadly mudslides devastating Southern California.
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