Missing as Death Toll in California Mudslides Climbs to 18

Santa Barbara County Fire Department firefighters respond to mud and debris flow due to heavy rain in Montecito

Many in Montecito ignored mudslide warnings — until it was too late

Teams rescued three people Wednesday, but they also discovered two more bodies, raising the death count to 17, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

The order to stay away was another hard turn for those living in the Southern California town that has been subject to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, first because of a monster wildfire last month, then because of downpours and mudslides.

"Everybody was exhausted from the fire warnings", Weimer said Friday.

Some famous residents of Southern California's Santa Barbara County are speaking out in the midst of mudslides that have killed at least 17 people and left others missing.

Images taken before and after the mudslides in Montecito, California, show the extent of the destruction.

Jester is another SDF-trained rescue dog searching for mudslide victims with his handler, Capt. Davis Doty of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The deluge came after Santa Barbara was subjected to some of the worst wildfires in California's history.

Roy Rohter, 84, founder of the Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, was killed on Tuesday when a mudslide swept him from his Montecito home, according to officials at the private Catholic school.

"We would be smashing right now", said manager Sean Johnson, referring to a typical Friday crowd at the restaurant on the edge of Santa Barbara Harbor.

"In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days". Conte said Riskin, who was the maid of honor at her wedding, took joy in pairing the ideal home with the flawless family and loved cooking, going for long walks and spending movie nights with her family.

Curious and concerned citizens who had trudged through the mud Thursday to view the devastation were nowhere to be seen as more firefighters in bright yellow rain gear searched methodically and utility crews in orange safety vests worked with chain saws and jackhammers.

Olive Mill Road and the Montecito Inn are just up the street from the Coral Casino, and it, too, was transformed by the mudslides.

"He's been coming here since before I started working here", said Cantin's barber, Tim Sanchez, who owns the shop.

Mark Montgomery, 54, was an orthopedic hand surgeon. Sleeping nearby was Jonathan Benitez, Kaelly's cousin and Ramos' nephew.

Duffy survived, was treated in the hospital and released with cuts, bruises and a shoulder fracture.

About 1,250 emergency workers raced against the clock to find survivors with drones, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs in the rescue and clean-up efforts, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said.

Some people were prepared to go but chose to stay in their homes, among them a woman and her mother who were trapped by a six-foot wall of mud.

The post said she had two children, Julia and Robert, and a husband, Ken Grand.

"That's the last we heard of them", Clay Weimer said. "We're going to help each other out wherever needed".

Ellen emotionally told the audience that on "Sunday night, Portia and I got a call that we're under mandatory evacuation again with most of the community of Montecito".

"I think I'd like to stay out of their way", she said.

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