Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito

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. A huge police presence keeps out both residents and looters.

Authorities also say only a small percentage of residents heeded mandatory and voluntary evacuation warnings.

Crail credited a retaining wall with saving the home from more serious damage.

In its first hours of the effort, which began with the words, "We wanted to inform you of a disgusting event that has occurred within the NeoTract family", almost $30,000 was pledged. Still, surrounded by her dogs and donated clothing and food, Troy said she's in no hurry to get back. By the time the rains moved on, dozens of boulders sat atop muddied tree branches on Olive Mill Road, where at least three homes were blasted to their foundations when the debris suddenly roared in.

"I mean you're losing all your basic health and sanitation services", she said. "I thought the fires were the worst things I'd seen in my life".

For others, the grim reality was just beginning as workmen dug through the debris.

Members of the Ventura County Fire Department happened to be in the area, too, and Oprah gave them some camera time to update all of us on the status of their rescue mission.

Santa Barbara fire Captain Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point. "You have to start accepting the reality of that".

Ferrell was not surprised about how many people died.

Kailly Benitez, 3, was Ramos' daughter, the Post reported.

A friend of the Cantin's family explained that Lauren's father Dave and her 16-year-old brother Jack were still missing. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

A man in Montecito, southern California, has captured a video of the dramatic moment a flash flood swept through the street outside his home, as he shouted at a motorist to drive away to safety.

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

In updating the missing figure, Brown said that the precise number could fluctuate significantly. His father, Pinit Sutthithepa, and 2-year-old sister, Lydia, are among the missing, the county sheriff's office said. Some streets suffered no damage.

Today, residents of Montecito, Calif., are being told to evacuate as emergency crews turn off gas and power to continue to clear mud and debris.

While the town is best known as a getaway for the rich and famous - the median home price among current listings is more than $4 million - there are also working families living in modest houses and apartments.

The searches themselves are slow, largely because the mud is so hard to walk through and hides myriad dangers.

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