Search Continues for Missing After Mudslides in California

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Slowly but surely the floodwaters on the 101 Freeway began to recede.

"Everywhere I turned, there was chaos", Montecito resident Shawn Monroe told the Washington Post. "It's like we're on an island".

But as rescue and fix crews continue their work, they said "the full extent of the damage is still unknown". I'm heartbroken for our community of Montecito. The death toll went up to 18 Friday afternoon, and the number of missing people in Santa Barbara County was lowered to five. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people form all backgrounds and there are families missing".

The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before.

As the search and rescue efforts continued, the stories of grim loss have begun to emerge. Groups were supported by K-9 units, helicopters and bulldozers. Officials say there could be changes in the assessments that report 65 single-family homes and eight businesses destroyed and 462 homes and 20 businesses damaged.

The California Department of Transportation abandoned hopes of reopening the highway on Monday and said it was not known when the closure would be lifted.

My attractive home town, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. You talk to one cop, you get one piece of information, you talk to another, and you get another piece. "We're going to do what we do", she told DeGeneres. Rivers of mud and boulders have flooded neighborhoods in and around the town of Montecito.

Numerous deaths and injuries occurred at locations that were not under mandatory evacuation for flooding, but weeks earlier, said areas were evacuated during a series of fires.

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.

Residents of Carpinteria, Summerland and some other parts of Santa Barbara County can return home Saturday when evacuation orders and warnings are lifted at noon, officials announced.

Resident Rob Lowe offered condolences on social media.

"I saw the place", Weimer said.

She said she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, had to evacuate their home on Sunday, just 10 days after returning from a previous evacuation for wildfires.

"That's the last we heard of them", Clay Weimer said. It includes four individuals from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: a task force leader, search team manager, logistics manager and two canine search specialists. "I live there, Oprah lives there". I know that there were some definitely laying on the road early on Monday morning before first responders got there. But what they saw, what they experienced, as they stood there, in the most bad of environments, was heroic to me.

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