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Rescuers Battle to Find Survivors of California Mudslides

14 January 2018

At the beginning of the clip, the 45-year-old is seen yelling at the driver of a vehicle going up the street to turn around because a flash flood was coming down the hill.

Another person who had been on the list of missing, 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was found alive and well, Brown said without elaborating on the circumstances. He brings the total of missing to seven.

Southern California authorities have corrected the number of people missing since the Montecito mudslides to eight.

She said she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, had to evacuate their home on Sunday, just 10 days after returning from a previous evacuation for wildfires.

"The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked like was it looked like a World War I battlefield", Brown said.

Teams discovered the 18th victim, Joseph Bleckel, 87, in his home near Romero Canyon before noon, Mr Brown said. No further details were released about his death. Five people remain missing: Faviola Calderon, 28; John "Jack" Cantin, 17; John "Jack" Keating, 53; Lydia Sutthithepa, 2; and Pinit Sutthithepa, 30.

The dead victims range in age from three to 89.

Tighe says there was no mandatory evacuation for her community.

The Benitez brothers survived.

Both women's husbands and Fabiola's two-year-old son of were hospitalized with injuries, Ramos said.

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The Benitez brothers are gardeners. Winfrey also showed two firefighters in action on the FaceTime call and she and DeGeneres profusely thanked them for their service.

A massive winter storm drenched parts of Southern California this week, leading to deadly mudslides. They also loved their dog, Gigi, who is missing.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito, California, is finally 100 percent contained. More than 1,500 personnel were assigned to search-and-rescue and cleanup efforts in the area, which spanned about 30 square miles.

Santa Barbara County officials chose not to send an emergency alert to cellphones warning of mudslides until destructive flooding had already begun in Montecito, officials said Wednesday.

"We were expecting rain this week and usually we're grateful for rain, especially in California, but not after the largest fire in the history of California".

Authorities raised the number of those considered missing to 43 at yesterday's press conference, up from eight earlier in the day, saying that some of those people may be out of town or in a hospital but that others may be deceased.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17. "They're going to find bodies in the mud", said David Weinert, who feared two of his neighbors were among the dead and turned out to be right in at least one case.

Many celebrities who have homes in Montecito have discussed the mudslides on social media, giving first-hand accounts of the incident and offering their condolences to those who lost their lives.

"At this moment, we are still looking for live victims", Santa Barbara Fire Capt. Gary Pitney said.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning, catching numerous victims entirely off-guard.

Rescuers Battle to Find Survivors of California Mudslides