Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Oprah gives Ellen horror mudslide update from their homes: 'Everything wasn't fine'

Oprah gives Ellen horror mudslide update from their homes: 'Everything wasn't fine'

Authorities in southern California said Thursday that dozens of residents were still unaccounted for after powerful mudslides that have killed 17 people, including four children, and destroyed homes in a region already pummeled by massive wildfires.

ROTT: Anderson says those rescue efforts are expected to continue until everyone is found.

At a news conference Thursday where he said 43 were missing, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the updated figure was an "inclusive" number that encompassed several definitions of "missing". "It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful".

"It's going to be worse than anyone imagined for our area", Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason told the LA Times.

And because of the fire, communities below the scarred terrain could remain at risk of mudslides for years, said Randall Jibson, a research geologist with the US Geological Survey.

The streams of water, mud and debris that were unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, reached across Highway 101 toward the ocean, flowing from hillsides that were stripped of vegetation last month by the Thomas fire, the largest wildfire on record in California.

By Wednesday, some 500 searchers had covered about 75 percent of the inundated area, authorities said.

A hydrant is nearly covered in mud which came down hillsides from overnight rain in Montecito, California on January 9, 2018 Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California and killed at least 13 people, police said Tuesday. The walls at one end of a home had completely disappeared, leaving its roof hanging precariously.

Crews work to remove downed power lines in Montecito, California, on Wednesday.

"There are mothers, fathers, grandfathers, siblings, and the list goes on and on", Brown said. Elsewhere, cars were perched on mounds of earth and garage doors that had been caved in rested at odd angles. This posh enclave of some 9,000 people, northwest of Los Angeles, is home to stars like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Rob Lowe.

The dead were identified - all from Montecito, ranging in age from 3 to 89 years old.

Residents of the mudslide-hit area were assessing their damaged homes, with some grateful their properties had survived.

The former talk-show host, whose Golden Globes speech spurred chatter about a 2020 run, shared a video montage to her Instagram account depicting damage done to her 65-acre Santa Barbara County property, People magazine reported.

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