Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said authorities expect the number of dead to increase. At least six homes were "wiped away from their foundations" by mudflow and debris, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said. "We think somewhere in the debris field".
The area is still facing a significant threat because more rain could spur new landslides, Rengers says.
Residents of the mudslide-hit area were assessing their damaged homes, with some grateful their properties had survived.
"Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe", Bridges said on Twitter.
Nearly 700 rescuers using search dogs, military helicopters, and thermal imaging equipment were on the scene.
Officials are asking the public to stay out of the area west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Springs Road, north of the ocean and south of the US Forest Service boundary. Many celebrities who live there have seen flooding in their homes and neighborhoods, including Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. "Mourning the dead in our little town tonight".
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"There are people who are missing family members". Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. I'm grateful to all the rescue workers. "Montecito needs your love and support".
Firefighters rescue a 14-year-old girl trapped inside a destroyed home during heavy rains in Montecito, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018.
The devastation affected an area estimated at 30 square miles, according to Cal Fire.
Aerial view of Montecito, Calif., where mud and debris covers roads, homes and everything in it's path following heavy rains, January 9, 2018. She was pulled from a collapsed Montecito home where she had been trapped for hours. Several roads are closed, including the major Highway 101.
"It happened that quickly". Even worse, Santa Barbara County's Montecito community has suffered mudslides forcing over 20,000 residents to evacuate (again).
A wall of water carrying uprooted trees and boulders moved like a river through the residential street. Shortly, he would be moving furniture around to keep the mud from getting into his home. Some had to hop onto the roof to get inside through an upstairs window.
"While some residents cooperated, many did not". They then issued a county-wide alert at 3:51 a.m., when the debris flow was already starting. The large aluminum poles to hold those were snapped in half. Because hundreds of thousands of acres were charred in the fires, the influx of water has nowhere to go.