Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

James Mitchell was the oldest, at 89.

At the beginning of the clip, Farrell is seen yelling at a vehicle driving up the street, telling the driver turn around because the flash flood is right in front of them.

Like several other area residents, Gary Shaw said he was frustrated government officials failed to quickly stabilize the hillside following the Thomas Fire.

Short term, making the public ready to evacuate during heavy rains is key, he said. They were made to evacuate over fears of mudslides.

"We have to do whatever it takes", said Capt. Tom Henzgen, leader of a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"Everybody was exhausted from the fire warnings", Weimer said Friday. The fire started more than a month ago.

Devastating floods and mud flows were triggered Tuesday after heavy rain fell on areas recently burned in the massive Thomas fire, the largest wildfire in California history.

The deluge destroyed 100 houses and damaged 300 others, Santa Barbara County authorities said.

Reports of how many remain missing have varied in numbers, with Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown on Thursday saying as many as 43 people might still be missing, adding the toll could fluctuate significantly.

Santa Barbara County authorities offered wildly fluctuating numbers of the missing throughout the day.

"We ask that you keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers", Brown said.

Details on the victims has begun to emerge.

A voluntary evacuation for a possible mudslide felt less serious, he said, because most residents had never experienced one, and because each person's interpretation of when to evacuate is different. Marco Farrell, 45, said he was two blocks away when he saw the slide descending on Olive Mill Road.

Perhaps one of the most chilling accounts of the disaster comes from Berkeley Johnson and his wife Karen, who escaped onto the roof of their home in Montecito as mud slammed into the building. "My dad used to cut his hair". "This is a massive amount of debris carried by water".

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

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

Crews work in the Romero Canyon area surrounded by mud and debris as seen from a California National Guard helicopter. Alice had gone to the store, and they were planning a small celebration for James' birthday.

"We need that number to effectively meet our objectives", said Amber Anderson, a spokesman for the multi-agency response team. 'I would have preferred for them to leave and in hindsight we should have left. "We were really sure they were just rescued".

Rebecca Riskin, a 61-year-old retired professional ballerina and founder of real estate firm Riskin Partners, died in Montecito as a result of the flooding and mudslides in the area, the firm confirmed in a Facebook post and statement. Maybe the dog was OK.

Jennifer Ramos says Marilyn Ramos called home daily to her family in her native town of Marquelia near Acapulco on Mexico's Pacific coast.

More bad news came on Friday morning: Gigi's body had been located. "I just love this place".

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