Ellen DeGeneres Emotionally Reveals That Her Father Elliott Passed Away - Watch

Ellen DeGeneres Emotionally Reveals That Her Father Elliott Passed Away - Watch

Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded Thursday evening to Montecito areas below Highway 192/Foothill road, a move Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said is meant to increase access for rescue and repair crews working in the area.

"We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim", said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team. She has been informed that she wouldn't have water or gas, but she still feels grateful.

Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast, said the area is being shaken by a three-pronged problem: Tourists aren't coming in their usual numbers, residents have been forced to move out and thousands of workers can't get to their jobs.

Sometime after 2am on Tuesday, intense rain washed down vast amounts of loose soil and rock from the hillsides surrounding Santa Barbara.

Debris flows pose a significant threat when rain falls in the aftermath of wildfires such as the inferno that scorched more than 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometres) in two Southern California counties last month and destroyed and damaged hundreds of homes and other structures. "It's emotional for me to say this, but I think they're gone". The victims range in age from 3 years old to 89 and all were residents of Montecito.

The cleanup was going on near where Weimer's missing parents, Jim and Alice Mitchell, lived.

On the edge of the disaster zone, John Flynn looked dazed as he stood in the driveway of his home.

Powerlines were downed and cars were perched on mounds of earth after garage doors caved in. "So, we were just able to get back into our house on Dec. 27, and I got back over the holidays, and I just drove around".

Brown said armored vehicles typically used by his SWAT team on barricaded suspects have been useful in reaching muddy areas where people were trapped. "It's as devastating as can be".

The December wildfires burned away hectares of brush and vegetation that normally would have soaked up heavy rainfall in the hills north of Los Angeles. "In addition to what's going on in Montecito, I lost my dad this week", DeGeneres began in the video. The creeks and exit paths for water are clogged due to downstream blockages and much of the water is not dissipating and receding as hoped.

As "founder and benefactor of classical Catholic schools", Rohter played "a pivotal role in the lives of countless young Catholic students - students who came to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ because of his vision, commitment, and generosity", added McLean in his statement, posted on the college's website.

In some cases, the deluge seemed to split families as well as homes.

Richard Taylor, a retired English professor, and his 6-year-old stepgrandson, Peerawat Sutthithepa, were also among the dead in Montecito, according to his brother Marshall Taylor.

Several areas outside of Montecito were told to evacuate on Friday.

"When separated from medication needed to manage diabetes, hypertension or asthma, a person can fall into medical crisis rapidly, resulting in an emergency room visit or worse".

According to CNBC, the Santa Barbara-based charity, Direct Relief, is providing medicine and medical supplies to the victims of the mudslides.

The water and powerful debris flows destroyed about 100 homes and damaged 300 others in the Montecito community, known for its multimillion-dollar properties.