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Real Estate Agent Among 17 Dead After Mudslides

Real Estate Agent Among 17 Dead After Mudslides

Heavy rains early Tuesday caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the seaside community of Montecito just weeks after a massive wildfire scarred the region.

Montecito alone saw heavy rainfall in a short amount of time.

"I work in L.A. but I consider Montecito my home", she said.

Rescuers also saved a young boy who was swept more than 800m from his house after the building was lifted from its foundation in Montecito, authorities said.

"I think most people are really shocked at the extent of the damage and how big the impact was to the area", he said. Anxious residents facing "disaster fatigue" might not take the emergency alerts seriously, and officials chose not to send out emergency alerts to cellphones until after the flooding had begun. Seventeen people were reported missing.

Brown said the fact that the number of people who have been killed and those that are missing is the same is a coincidence.

The disaster followed a violent rainstorm that dropped as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of precipitation in pockets northwest of Los Angeles, soaking ground that was left vulnerable after much of its vegetation burned last month. After moving back in, family members were told to evacuate again because of the rain. That's my neighbor's house. "Absolutely devastating", Maureen Claffey told ABC News. Downtown San Francisco got a record 80mm of rain on Monday, smashing the old mark of 60mm set in 1872.

Power in the area has also been cut, according to ABC News affiliate KEYT.

These Southern California mudslides will likely go down as some of the worst in recent state history.

Emergency officials set up a Family Assistance Center at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.in Santa Barbara.

The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air. Fourteen helicopters and four water rescue teams were aiding the effort. "It's not like anybody came around and told them to leave".

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Authorities now say 17 people have died in Southern California mudslides and another 17 are missing.

Winfrey's home survived the mudslides. The Catholic school's headmaster, Michael Van Hecke, announced the death and said Rohter's wife was injured by the mudslide.

"We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community", Bridges tweeted. "Thousands have been blessed by the Rohters' friendship and generosity".

"Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern", Winfrey wrote on the social media post.

"Since the time the fire ended, prior to Christmas, we had been warning our residents", he said.

Cantin's 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was rescued by firefighters this week after being trapped for hours. They were swept away by the mud, but the friend was rescued by clinging to a tree near the house, Scott said.

Kelly Weimer's parents' home was wrecked. "Now, it's just a hole", she said. The two had traveled to Italy for five weeks with Josie Gower's children previous year. Her company confirms her death in a statement posted Wednesday night on Facebook.

County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said five people were found dead on Tuesday in Montecito, possibly as a result of the storm.

"We've gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud", said Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief.

DeGeneres said on her talk showing that the picturesque town of 9,000 is a "tight-knit" community.


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