Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

Authorities also say only a small percentage of residents heeded mandatory and voluntary evacuation warnings.

"We have a yard to redo and hopefully our insurance will help out with that, but the people across from me, newer homes, gone", Garrett Speirs, a 54-year-old artist who has been living in Montecito for 20 years, said.

Though they were unclear of the exact number of fatalities at the time, it has been confirmed that 17 people have perished as a result of the mudslides.

Morgan Christine Corey, 25, is the latest victim found among the debris, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said during a news conference. We're going to help each other.

Montecito got more than a half-inch in five minutes, while Carpinteria received almost an inch in 15 minutes.

Seventeen people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed after mudslides tore through Montecito, California, early Tuesday morning.

Officials in Santa Barbara County announced 65 single-family homes were destroyed and almost 450 sustained damage.

It includes four individuals from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: a task force leader, search team manager, logistics manager and two canine search specialists.

Ellen said as predicted by the authorities, the rain caused heavy mudslides in Montecito.

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Rescue efforts continue this weekend, but officials say finding anyone alive now would be a "miracle."

"It was rattling my doors, it was so loud", she said.

A huge amount of rain fell in a matter of minutes on hills and mountain slopes scorched by last month's massive California wildfire.

The number of missing people fluctuated as some were located.

But in the beginning, in cold rain and hours of cold, slimy mud, dead animals, traumatized residents, stood those young women reporters telling us what we didn't want to see or hear.

"Everywhere I turned, there was chaos", Montecito resident Shawn Monroe told the Washington Post. "I got back over the holidays and I just drove around. I feel like I escaped".

"In daylight, Tighe was shocked to see a body pinned by muck against his neighbor's home". Tige said he was checking the downspouts of his home around 3:30 a.m. when the storm picked up.

'The scariest thing was the sound, ' Farrell said.

The walls of fast-moving mud and debris that tore through hillside communities before dawn on Tuesday took the lives of three children, at least one married couple and two people in their 80s, officials said in releasing the names of the dead. Flooding and debris flow prompted the California Highway Patrol to shut down the northbound 101 Freeway at Route 126 in Ventura and at Seacliff, and the southbound 101 Freeway just south of Santa Barbara at Milpas.

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