Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

Phillip Harnsberger crosses through mud from a flooded creek on Sheffield Drive in Montecito Calif

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighbourhood in Santa Barbara County, California. I don't know anything about our house yet.

Brown did say that of the 17 people he announced were missing Wednesday, some were identified as among the dead and were crossed off the list.

On Tuesday, Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their nearby property, but Ellen show viewers were able to watch Oprah and Ellen FaceTime after the California mudslides on Wednesday to see just how "devastating" the damage actually is.

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

"It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds", she said.

"I work in LA, but I consider Montecito my home".

The youngest victim, Kailley Benitez, three, died alongside her mother and 10-year-old cousin.

The U.S. Forest Service made the announcement Friday after aerial surveys of the 440-square-mile (1,140-square-kilometer) scar left by the so-called Thomas fire.

Nearly the entire community, about 10,000 people, are under a mandatory evacuation order that could last for up to two weeks, Santa Barbara County's fire chief said.

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Downed power lines wrapped around trees at one property, while elsewhere the lines dropped nearly to the ground. Officials said secondary searches of damaged structures were under way.

Rescue crews continued to search for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of Montecito's massive debris field on Thursday, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.

At the beginning of the clip, the 45-year-old is seen yelling at the driver of a vehicle going up the street to turn around because a flash flood was coming down the hill.

The disaster struck on Tuesday after heavy rains soaked the area north of Los Angeles, where vegetation had been destroyed by the largest wildfire in California's history.

Other victims of the storm that killed at least 17 people remained missing Thursday while still others marveled that they had somehow survived the devastation. She hoped to find them in a shelter or hospital. In addition to the dead and injured, 65 houses have been destroyed while another 462 sustained damage.

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.

The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed.

Authorities would not specify how many people were in each category.

"We need that number to effectively meet our objectives", Anderson said.

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

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