More than 40 People Remain Missing after the Mudslides in California

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"He is in an out-of-area hospital being treated".

Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard "a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was. boulders moving as the mud was rising".

"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. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people form all backgrounds and there are families missing".

Five people remained missing Friday. One of the victims who lost their lives in the disaster was David Cantin, the father of 14-year-old Lauren Cantin who was rescued after a six-hour effort by first responders on Tuesday.

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Once inside the house, Farrell starts walking around securing the home, and ordering his 71-year-old mom Gabrielle to wake up his dad, 81-year-old Olympian Jeff Farrell.

The Benitez brothers are gardeners.

"I work in L.A. but I consider Montecito my home", she said.

Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide.

Authorities have released the names of 17 people killed by mudslides in California.

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At least 15 people have died as a result of the mudslides, triggered when heavy rains hit hills that were recently devastated by wildfires, The Associated Press reports.

Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.

The destruction covered 30 square miles and more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross are involved in "challenging" search, recovery and relief efforts.

Both Sawyer and Morgan were asleep when mud roared through the area and swept them away along with their home.

The Thomas fire was the largest wildfire in recorded California history.

On Thursday, the number provided by authorities went from 48, down to eight, then back up to 43.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

"Praying for our community again in Santa Barbara", Winfrey wrote in another post, sharing photos of her mud-soaked backyard, fires, and helicopters making rescues in the area.

Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning (local time), catching numerous victims entirely off-guard.

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