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First responders search for several still missing after California mudslides

First responders search for several still missing after California mudslides

Officials worked for days, even going door-to-door, to warn residents that the hillsides were ripe for risky mudflow after the fires destroyed the vegetation that could hold the soil in place, said Dennis Bozanich, deputy county executive officer for Santa Barbara County.

The number has fluctuated since the disaster struck in the early morning darkness Tuesday and was as low as 16 on Wednesday evening.

The one-two punch of fire and downpour-fueled debris flows have debilitated the affluent, picturesque community of about 10,000 people.

At least 17 people were killed and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed when mudslides tore through Montecito early Tuesday.

There were mixed reports about how many were still missing, with the number jumping from 17 to 48, according to Associated Press.

"Right now, our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told Los Angeles television station KCAL. "We think somewhere in the debris field". "It's a slow, tedious process and it's going to take a long time to recover from", Hots said.

"This entire area is a very active rescue and recovery and fix zone right now", he said in announcing the new mandatory evacuation boundaries. Meanwhile, AS WE SPEAK, her Montecito home's a staging ground for helicopter rescues. Fire spokesman MIke Eliason said the girl had been trapped for hours.

Many places will require days of work for the clean-up to be finished and the costs of fix are likely to be significant with the extensive damage to many multi.million dollar properties, some of whom only just escaped destruction in the fires before being hit by this flooding.

As search dogs clambered on heaps of wood that used to be homes, mud-spattered rescue teams from all over California worked their way through the ruins of Montecito, an enclave of 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.

Those who have stayed in the area have been warned to boil their tap water before drinking it.

"Mourning the dead in our little town tonight", Lowe said.

"Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come". "What a day!" so she captioned the post.

Many Californians in the area hit hardest by this week's deadly mudslides did not heed warnings for hours and days by emergency officials encouraging them to evacuate their homes - and then received cellphone alerts of imminent slides when the massive streams of debris were already heading toward them or had already hit their neighborhoods.

A dozen people were hospitalized at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and four were in critical condition, Dr. Brett Wilson said.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a photo of the debris-strewn street, adding that she didn't know the fate of her home. "I don't know anything about our home yet". Her boyfriend, who was rescued by first responders, was the last person to see her. I work in LA, but I consider Montecito my home. "Montecito needs your love and support".

WATCH BELOW: Firefighters rescue a girl who was trapped in Montecito following heavy rain and mudflow in the 300 block of Hot Springs Road. Blamed for two deaths, they spread over 440 square miles, and some areas are still smouldering. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during the Thomas wildfire.

U.S. Highway 101, the link connecting Ventura and Santa Barbara, looked like a muddy river and was expected to be closed for two days.

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