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Theresa was rescued, said Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, which Rohter founded in 1994. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

The US Coast Guard has sent "multiple airships to support rescue operations" and warned the public not to fly drones, otherwise the flights would be grounded.

Though thousands were evacuated from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, one Montecito neighborhood was not under mandatory evacuations.

The number of missing persons has fluctuated since the disaster hit early Tuesday morning and is now reported at eight people missing. "Some of the structure was swept away", he said, adding the building was now filled with debris and trees.

In some places mud was waist-deep, officials said.

Brewer and others planned to search the property.

This comes after a record-setting year of $306 billion of weather and climate-related disaster costs in the USA, its National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

"(In) four minutes the water was through our wall and in our house, nearly to the second story", he said.

"It was always a full life with Josie. It just exhausts the crews out there", Sacramento Fire Department Captain Pat Costamagna said in a social media video from the governor's emergency management office.

"And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.it's catastrophic". More than 1,560 personnel were assigned to the search-and-rescue and cleanup efforts in an incident area that spanned 30 square miles.

Rebecca Riskin, the founding partner of Montecito real estate company Riskin Partners, is also missing, according to her relative, Lynne Creighton.

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Riskin began selling real estate in Los Angeles.

Peter Hartmann said the destruction was everywhere. "You hear the word mudslides and you have no idea the impact that it has".

"Power lines were down, high-voltage power lines, the large aluminum poles to hold those were snapped in half". "Take protective actions to stay safe. and do not attempt to leave and drive across flowing water or mud".

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the death toll could rise.

A auto sits tangled in debris after being destroyed by mudslides in Montecito, California, U.S., January 10, 2018.

Winfrey posted an update on Wednesday to share that her home sustained minor damage "that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru". "And debris is everywhere".

On the fourth day of the treacherous search for victims of mudslides in Southern California, emergency workers found the body of an 87-year-old man in his house, authorities said. "It was a carpet of mud and debris". Some cars were left on the highway, mired wheel-deep in the muck.

At least 300 houses were damaged in the Montecito area and many more were listed as "threatened". One such piece of equipment grabbed a piece of a auto.

A total of 0.54 inches of rain was reported at Montecito in just five minutes. "I feel like I escaped", Monroe said. With the wildfires leaving behind a waxy layer of debris that made it hard for water to infiltrate the ground, the downpour caused flash floods in the fire-scarred Santa Ynez Mountains. It was 92% contained, and officials don't expect full containment until later this month.

At least 15 people have been confirmed killed in a deadly mudslide in Montecito, a coastal community east of Santa Barbara, after heavy rains passed through an area recently burned by wildfires.

Here are some of the scenes of the harrowing damage caused by mudslides throughout the area. An additional 28 people were injured in the county.

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