Rescue workers hoping for miracles after California mudslide

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Jim and Alice Mitchell had been married for more than 50 years and had just celebrated Jim's 89th birthday when they were swept away along with their dog Gigi. They had fled following the devastating forest fires last month but this time Mr Farrell Snr, an 81-year-old two time Olympic gold medallist, decided he did not want to leave. "He has done so much for so many people and pro-life and Catholic education causes".

"One of the things that I want to talk about is, you know, we've had these awful fires all over California and one of the hardest hit areas is where I live in Montecito", she continued. But he confessed: "The likelihood is increasing that we'll be finding bodies, not survivors".

"Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard 'a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was. boulders moving as the mud was rising'".

"And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members". Victor's 2-year-old son survived, but his wife, Fabiola, was still missing Friday. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

A man in Montecito, southern California, has captured a video of the dramatic moment a flash flood swept through the street outside his home, as he shouted at a motorist to drive away to safety.

Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded Thursday evening to Montecito areas below Highway 192/Foothill road, a move Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said is meant to increase access for rescue and fix crews working in the area.

As of Friday evening, Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials had identified seven people who were still missing.

Though they were unclear of the exact number of fatalities at the time, it has been confirmed that 17 people have perished as a result of the mudslides.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds.

"We're starting to get to the phase where people are actually calling in and saying, 'If you're looking for me, I'm OK, '" Elms said. Her body was found Wednesday near U.S. Route 101.

A auto sits in mud and debris after a mudslide on in Montecito, California.

The region's natural beauty and easy access to Los Angeles to the southeast have long attracted the rich and powerful, including television personality Oprah Winfrey, former tennis star Jimmy Connors, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and actor Jeff Bridges. Next to some of the devastated areas sat large estates untouched by the torrent, their lawns still green and the landscaping lush. After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 64 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 462.

People who live in the area are not yet allowed back to see what's left of their homes.

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