So when we actually accessed those homes, we could see the destruction that the water had caused, but it wasn't really still there. Winfrey ran into some members of the Venture City Fire Department while on her walk, and the audience applauded as one of them described the area and said that they are still searching for victims. About 65 single-family homes were destroyed and another 462 were damaged. On Thursday they believed dozens were unaccounted for, but the number was revised down. After moving to Montecito in the mid-1980s she found her true calling as the first lady of luxury real estate.
"I walked out back, you know, where we share a fence line and the neighbours out back they're houses are gone".
Excavators carrying rescuers in their buckets ploughed through mud-coated roads in search of the missing after some areas were buried in as much as 4.6m of mud.
The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before.
Maria Zate, spokeswoman for Cottage Health, said since the mudslides Tuesday, a total of 28 patients have been treated and released or admitted to Cottage hospitals from storm-related injuries.
Teams discovered the 18th victim, Joseph Bleckel, 87, in his home near Romero Canyon before noon, Mr Brown said. In all, 18 canine teams trained at the Santa Paula-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation were on the ground in Montecito this week.
Mud, boulders and other debris that raced down the hills scorched by the Thomas fire not only littered the highway lanes but also blocked drainage channels and filled debris basins, forcing water to continue flowing onto the freeway - the biggest obstacle at Olive Mill Road. To make matters worse, biologists have found that when rain hits the charred landscape, it can become even more dense and more water repellent.
Ken Oplinger, who heads the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, said the combination of the wildfire and the mudslide could doom some smaller businesses.
Evacuation orders and warning have been listed for many residents in Santa Barbara County. Rebecca quickly rose to prominence and dedicated nearly three decades building her namesake firm, Riskin Partners, an ensemble of five highly-skilled agents who specialize in representing Montecito's properties of distinction.
The opening date is "truly unknown", she said, especially with more rain expected at the end of next week. "Massive", she said, then showing some of the damage to the surrounding areas of her home.
In affluent Summerland, just east of where the mud flow cut a swath through homes and businesses alike, a liquor store with its door open was a lonely outpost.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help in locating several missing persons related to the January 9, 2018 storm incident.
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