First Responders Search For Survivors After Deadly California Mudslides

California mudslide death toll rises to 19

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Ferrell was not surprised about how many people died.

A 14-year-old girl was rescued on Wednesday.

"I am blessed and I am going to do whatever I can for the rest of the community", Winfrey said, "and we all just love the firefighters". "You never really know".

The Mitchells were in love with their home in the seaside enclave of Montecito where they moved in 1995, according to their daughter. There are people who are missing family members. Her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer Corey, was found dead earlier. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before.

Southern California authorities say the number of people missing since debris-laden flash floods smashed through the community of Montecito is now five, down from as many as 43 a day earlier.

"I've been seeing the reports of people watching the auto just wash away with the mud, so it's fast moving, it's different and the clean up process as well, so I'm happy to be out there and to serve and see how the Red Cross responds to this type of disaster", Archangelo said.

On Friday, the sheriff's department issued a new mandatory evacuation order for an area of Montecito. More than a dozen are still missing. Some rescuers used poles to probe the muck for bodies, while others waded chest-deep in the mire.

This is where Decker and Stella, the two Labrador retrievers with the team will step in.

"It's martial law here, basically", said Sarah Ettman, whose home was undamaged.

He said on Facebook that 4 feet 9 inches of "raging mud" filled their home and that his auto was swept away.

Most of the deaths occurred in and around Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm standing right now still in a lot of mud but not as much as yesterday". Next to some of the devastated areas sat large estates untouched by the torrent, their lawns still green and the landscaping lush.

At least 28 people have been injured in the mudslides, which have also destroyed 65 single-family homes and damaged 446 more in Santa Barbara County.

In one of the worst-hit areas of Montecito, mud blew through doors and windows, filling the interiors of houses with sludge and debris.

He was still shaken by his harrowing experience Tuesday with his pregnant wife and two young children as the violent gusher arrived with a deafening rumble. She has been informed that she wouldn't have water or gas, but she still feels grateful.

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