More than 40 People Remain Missing after the Mudslides in California

"We got the call about noon today", said Battalion Chief Dan Froelich.

Brewer said Gower lived passionately, whether she was interacting with children, grandchildren, friends - or strangers. "The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream". They used long-handled tools to search the muck in the painstaking task.

"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 said.

Uncertainty remains around the exact number of people still missing, as authorities warned the figure may continue to fluctuate. The former is more common, USGS says, because fires actually reduce the infiltration capacity of soils, which increases runoff and erosion.

Emergency workers search areas damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018.

"In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days". Helicopters rescuing my neighbors.

With a home in Santa Barbara, the 63-year-old was quick to send her condolences, taking to Instagram to share a video of the devastation. "We all are families, we have kids, and if that was dictated to us we would have followed the rules".

By Wednesday, some 500 searchers had covered about 75 percent of the inundated area in the search for victims. "Power lines were down, high-voltage power lines".

Alice Mitchell, 78. Retired schoolteacher. She believed her mother had been evacuated but could not find her.

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"They're an adorable couple, and they were in love with their house".

Santa Barbara County Fire Department firefighters respond to mud and debris flow due to heavy rain in Montecito. Together with the loss of vegetation, this leads to an increased risk of mudslides and floods. They also created the ideal conditions for the devastating mudslides that followed.

"She kept me calm the whole time". Another 300 are estimated to have been damaged.

Riskin was a Los Angeles native and a longtime real estate agent. He woke to the sound of pounding rain early Tuesday and went outside to investigate. "You could hear the boulders coming down and cracking against each other".

DeGeneres posted a picture of a mud and debris-filled street outside her Montecito home on Twitter, saying she did not yet know the condition of the house itself.

Farrell planned to float his elderly parents to a hillside on a surfboard, but it was unnecessary. They are instant, they are a six-foot wall of mud moving 40 miles an hour, it moves whatever it wants.

The flow was so powerful it swept several homes off their foundations, crushed others and wrapped cars around trees. "But they're talking two weeks of closure".

Highway 101 will remain closed indefinitely and more rain is expected to hit the Santa Barbara area next week, said CHP Capt. Cindy Pontes.

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