Five People Missing After California Mudslides; Thomas Fire Finally Out

Mindy Sparks
January 13, 2018

Brown said authorities can not force people to go, but residents who do leave the evacuation area will not be allowed back in until the mandatory evacuation order is lifted.

The evacuation order came as authorities announced a spike in the number of residents still unaccounted for.

Brown expanded the public safety exclusion zone Thursday to encompass most of Montecito, meaning that even those who had previously remained in the area were forced to leave.

A dozen people were hospitalized at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and four were in critical condition, Dr. Brett Wilson said. "There's been plenty of cases where they've found people a week after", Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said earlier on a muddy Montecito street especially hard-hit by the mudslide.

Winfrey first bought a 16.8ha estate called Promised Land that includes a 2,136 square metre mansion for a reported US$52 million (S$69 million) in 2001. "We hope there's not going to be any more". "She really listened and appreciated friendships and was a very good, doting mother to her children".

Prior to hopping on the phone with Oprah, Ellen, visibly upset during the show, told her audience: "After everything we've been through I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious, but exactly what they feared happened".

Morgan Corey, 25, is still missing after the mudslides in Montecito, Calif., destroyed their family home on Tuesday.

As the names of the 17 California mudslide victims were released Thursday (local time), crews kept digging through the muck and rubble looking for more people.

The flash-floods struck in the early morning hours Tuesday.

Watch this segment where DeGeneres gets emotional describing going from one disaster to the next in the town of less than 10,000 people here "everyone kind of knows everyone". "You never know exactly what the human body is capable of".

It was another hard turn for those living in the Southern California town that has been subject to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, first because of a monster wildfire last month, then because of downpours and mudslides. As the heaviest rain bands centered over Santa Barbara County, officials urged residents to "shelter in place or move to higher ground" instead of attempting to flee any fast-moving mudflows.

While Montecito 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. They've got power back, limited cell phone service and food for their six dogs and 20 chickens. "I feel like I escaped". The couple, together for more than a half-century, didn't heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home Monday to celebrate Jim Mitchell's 89th birthday. Tige said he was checking the downspouts of his home around 3:30 a.m. when the storm picked up. Her house was completely washed away in the mudslide.

A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito.

The streets of Montecito in Santa Barbara country in California resemble a battlefield, choked with mud, downed trees, snapped utility poles, crumpled cars and crushed houses.

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