Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides

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Earlier, mudslides and flooding have swept away a hundred homes in Santa Barbara County's Montecito area and prompted the evacuation of 21,000 people across Southern California. DeGeneres said following the blazes, she was able to return to her house at the tail-end of last month.

Brown said Thursday that they have a list of 48 missing individuals, some of which are active cases and some are from calls to the Emergency Operations Center and Family Assistance Center. "It was activated at the appropriate time actually when the event was occurring", Brown said.

"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.

'There was a moment where I turned and apologized to my folks because I didn't force them to evacuate. "We're affected here in Carpinteria in the sense that we're taking these people in and a lot of people are out of work because they can't travel".

Geologists and forecasters warned that intense rain could trigger deadly mudslides from the scorched areas.

The number of missing after a California mudslide has fluctuated wildly, due to shifting definitions, the inherent uncertainty that follows a natural disaster, and just plain human error.

"They're finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it's catastrophic. (Montecito) is beyond recognizable".

Theirs are among the many stories of those who perished and those who managed with inexplicable good fortune to escape the slides in the wealthy enclave of Montecito that is home to a variety of people ranging from captains of industry to those who manicured their lawns. I'm hoping it's okay. "Windows went flying, doors went flying". The wildfire left charred hillsides without vegetation cover to hold the heavy rainfall.The water and powerful debris flows destroyed about 100 homes and damaged 300 others in the Montecito community, known for its multimillion-dollar properties.


Winfrey said that because her house is located on top of a knoll, she feels safe.

His son said: "There was evacuation fatigue from the fire".

As word of his death spread tributes poured onto social media from colleagues, friends and patients. "This is an enormous loss for our community". "Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated".

First responders waded through waste-high mud to rescue people.

Mourning the dead in our little town tonight.

"I really can't believe it", she captioned the picture.

Trashed areas were awash in a sea of mud, with only the tallest trees standing and some homes buried up to their roofs. At least two of her family cars were destroyed and she's not sure how her cottage fared.

My handsome home town, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm.

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