Ellen DeGeneres FaceTimes With Oprah Winfrey and Gets Emotional Discussing Montecito Disaster

The storm system that hit Southern California beginning Monday dumped more than 5 inches of rain on some parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and officials had been concerned that sections of the state damaged by last month's wildfires would be susceptible to heavy mudflows.

"We've gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud", said Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief.

"I have lived here my whole life", said Melissa Ausanka-Crues, 29, a nurse. "We're going to do what we do", she told DeGeneres. Residents will not be allowed to return to their homes while the evacuation order is lifted, which may not happen for one or two weeks, officials said.

He said on Facebook that 4 feet 9 inches of "raging mud" filled their home and that his vehicle was swept away.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighborhood in Santa Barbara County, California. I'm heartbroken for our community of Montecito. But with the anticipated loss of utilities and sewage running into a nearby creek, "you have to leave", she said.

Sharing the same photo as her sister, Gigi Hadid asked her Twitter followers to "Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers". "I don't know anything about our house yet". She was visibly emotional as she spoke about the devastation, including the deaths and the many still missing. "We will push for every available resource to help Californians recover from these tragedies", Brown said in a statement Thursday.

Finally, this video of a Toyota Prius being swept away as a river of mud began flowing down a street in Burbank gives you an idea of how powerful these slides can be. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. As much as 13 centimeters of rain fell in some places.

The mudslides now cover a 30-square-mile area, and the threat of additional mudslides will continue over the next several days. For example, powerful mudslides wash away entire mountainsides, tragically taking with them homes, other structures and human lives. One of her doctors, the leader of her children's scout group and a former neighbour were among the dead. One rain gauge recorded nearly an inch in less than 15 minutes.

It has previously put the figure at 17, with another 17 confirmed to have been killed and 28 hurt in the disaster which was triggered by heavy rain on Tuesday.

The storm came after a 10-month dry spell following torrential rains in January and February of past year.

  • Leroy Wright