Officials have released the identities of 17 people killed in Tuesday's Santa Barbara, Calif., mudslides, as workers continue search and rescue efforts for victims caught in the deluge that swamped houses, crumpled cars and sent boulders careening through streets.
Dave Zaniboni, the public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, called the amount of rainfall in the area "unprecedented", with quick downpours that occurred in less than 30 minutes early Tuesday morning causing mudslides.
Santa Barbara County has been badly affected, with thousands forced to leave their homes.
Mud fills the interior of a vehicle destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank.
Officials say the region remains unstable because of flooding, debris flow, downed trees and power lines. "Although we knew that this was coming you couldn't help but be amazed at the intensity of the storm".
"So we chose to hoist them from the roof, but we did have to pull them from the roof in order to hoist them up to the helicopter".
Those who have stayed in the area have been warned to boil their tap water before drinking it. My property is fine. "Mourning the dead in our little town tonight".
Tennis star Jimmy Connors also revealed that he had to be flown from his property. Homes and historic hotels were battered or swept away altogether.
The heavy rains have been unsafe because vegetation is missing - burned away by the Thomas Fire - that would normally help channel the water and mud flow.
"But we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people", he said. On Tuesday, she took to Instagram and showed photos of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters flying over her house.
On Thursday, the number provided by authorities went from 48, down to eight, then back up to 43.
"Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern".
Charles Crail lives in a part of Montecito that was under a voluntary evacuation order, and he was at home when the mudslides happened. Brown apologized for the inconvenience, but he called the area "a very active rescue and recovery and fix zone right now".
The couple climbed down the room when flooding receded and heard a baby crying near their neighbor's home.
Mud and debris near businesses on Coast Village Road.
The storm came after a 10-month dry spell following torrential rains in January and February of previous year.