Oprah's Property Damaged by Deadly California Mudslides

The hard search goes on in Montecito, California, five days after storm-spawned mudslides roared down from fire-stripped hillsides and smashed through dozens of homes, killing at least 18 people and leaving others missing. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released the names of the dead, who were all Montecito residents.

Tighe says there was no mandatory evacuation for her community.

The daytime host then said that while they believed that evacuations were just cautionary, the impact of the mudslide proved to be more devastating than they would've hoped for. Santa Barbara County officials said today that five people are missing, adding that the list is constantly fluctuating. "We're gonna come together and we're gonna do what great Americans do all the time and we're gonna help each other". Many of them had ignored earlier orders to get out.

"We have a yard to redo and hopefully our insurance will help out with that, but the people across from me, newer homes, gone", said Garrett Speirs, a 54-year-old artist who has been living in Montecito for 20 years. Sawyer Corey and 25-year-old Morgan were initially pronounced missing.

"Floodwaters and mudslides destroyed 65 homes and damaged 462 other residences", spokeswoman Susan Klein-Rothschild said Thursday, according to CNN.

"Mourning the dead in our little town tonight", actor Rob Lowe tweeted Tuesday.

"Our hearts break for the communities first ravaged by fires and now devastated by these mudslides".

Those stories of successful rescues are what have kept the groups going, 12 hours a day, trudging through the muck that was riddled with sharp objects and possibly raw sewage.

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Finally, this video of a Toyota Prius being swept away as a river of mud began flowing down a street in Burbank gives you an idea of how powerful these slides can be.

The flash flooding happened on Tuesday after the first rain in months hit ground that had been scorched in December's widespread wildfires. It comes just weeks after Ellen and Portia were also forced to flee their $18.6 million beachfront Santa Barbara house because of the threat caused by the Thomas wildfire.

Mud nearly four feet high was inside their home in a matter of seconds. "(It) surrounded the house, 2 to 3 feet".

"Oh Lord, I am praying for the sweet town of Montecito". I don't know how I got lulled'. "I feel like I escaped".

Trashed areas were awash in a sea of mud, with only the tallest trees standing and some homes buried up to their roofs. The power of the debris flow destroyed everything in its path and there was no time to flee.

Between Ventura and Carpinteria, a 30-mile stretch of USA 101 remained closed in both directions Thursday because of flooding and mud on the roadway. Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods.

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