Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

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"It's not just a wealthy community", DeGeneres said. He brings the total of missing to seven.

"This is a constantly changing list", he said.The sheriff told reporters all of the victims were from Montecito.

Rescue crews in Montecito are now looking for five people missing and feared dead. "We certainly are searching for a miracle right now", Brown said Thursday. Another man named John Keating who was injured in the mudslides is being treated at a hospital out of the area.

A mudslide swept Roy Rohter, the founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, and his wife out of their home in Montecito on Tuesday, according to the Catholic school's headmaster, Michael Van Hecke.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Joseph Bleckel was found dead in his home by a search-and-rescue team at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.


"There are families missing, there are people who are missing family members", DeGeneres said. No further details were released about his death.

Singer Katy Perry, who grew up in the area and still has a home there, posted this message of support on her Instagram story on Thursday.

Marilyn Ramos was asleep in bed with her three-year-old daughter, Kaelly Benitez, when the deadly mudslide came crashing through their rental home, killing them both.

"Some rescues have been gut-wrenching: firefighters pushed through wait-high mud to reach a 14-year-old girl caked in mud from head to toe", Karson reports.

'The dogs are barking, I wake up, and I can't believe the sky seems like it's on fire, ' Oprah explains to DeGeneres during the call.

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


Fleurat and his partner, Ralph "Lalo" Barajas, were at home Tuesday when the floor started shaking.

"Authorities had been bracing for the possibility of catastrophic flooding because of heavy rain in the forecast for the first time in 10 months".

Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito, California, is finally 100 per cent contained. Those killed ranged in age from 3 to 89, and all lived in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said. Instead, he learned she had been swept away and killed, KSBY-6 reported. The fire became in California at almost 282,000 acres.

Santa Barbara County said at least eight people are still thought to be missing following the disaster. People are trying to locate missing people.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.


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

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