Remembering the Victims of the Montecito Flood


The 17 people killed in mudslides in Southern California this week included children ages 3, 6, 10 and 12.

More than 500 firefighters helped with overnight search and rescue operations, Orozco says.

The girl, 2, was taken to hospital with a hip injury but has survived the ordeal.

At one point, a Coast Guard helicopter rescued a family of five and their two dogs. Mudflows traveled through neighborhoods near where Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres have homes."There are 43 people now who may be considered as missing", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

But in the second image, captured Wednesday after the mudslides swept homes off their foundations and killed more than a dozen people, the impacts of both the wildfire and the flooding can clearly be seen.

Three more people were rescued from the path of debris on Wednesday.

"We then didn't decide to put the basket down in the mud just because we didn't know what was underneath the mud".

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There were firefighters on her street, and they told Troy to wait inside while they evacuated the elderly and infirm from the neighborhood. The home's garage ws destroyed and the cars were swept away.

Here's what Winfrey shared on Instagram earlier this week. My property is fine.

"Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru". Lowe, who also has a home in Montecito, wrote on Twitter he was "mourning the dead in our little town tonight".

Tennis star Jimmy Connors revealed to fans that he had to be airlifted out of his home to safety. In one of the worst-hit areas of Montecito, mud blew through doors and windows to fill the interiors of houses with muck and debris.

The mudslides closed several historic hotels, including The Four Seasons Biltmore, which had just reopened on Monday after repairing wildfire damage.

Heavy rains on hillsides that had been denuded by last year's record wildfires triggered the floods, which also destroyed 100 homes and injured at least 28 people, officials said.

Hundreds of residents remain trapped and authorities are working on an evacuation plan. Now their main worry was how they would get back to school in time for this week's finals.

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Many others here ignored the same inner voice, finely tuned over weeks, months and in some cases lifetimes of living in a place where fires, floods and earthquakes are always a possibility, especially as the climate changes in a way that emphasizes the extremes.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued, but only 15 percent of the residents left.

Her husband did much for Catholic causes, Van Hecke said.

Remarkable footage shows Marco Farrell standing outside his Montecito home on Tuesday as a combination of mud, water and debris cascades down the road.

There are now five active missing persons cases, Brown said, though that number has continued to fluctuate throughout the week. But county emergency manager Jeff Gater said officials decided not to use the cellphone push alert system until 3:50 a.m. Tuesday out of concern it might not be taken seriously.

"What they were was a bunch of trees that were being snapped by the mud and boulders and debris that were sliding down Toro Canyon", Jonathan Reichlen, 45, who owns an urban landscaping company, said in a phone interview.

Warm and rainy for Thursday, snow and cold Friday
With winds on the breezy side, we'll likely have wind chills back in the single numbers to below zero by tomorrow night . The chance for mainly rain will move towards the lower elevations during the second half of the day.