Mr Johnson told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper that the pair joined a fireman to dig the toddler out, before scooping mud out of her mouth. "It's not like anybody came around and told them to leave".
Santa Barbara County officials put a boil water notice in effect for the entire Montecito Water District on Tuesday afternoon. Emergency services attributed this to "evacuation fatigue" after last month's fires.
As rescue crews continued to trudge through the wreckage left by devastating mudslides in Southern California Thursday, some of the 17 dead were identified - including loving grandparents, a retired nurse and the founder of a Catholic school.
Four children are among the dead, including a three-year-old girl who died alongside her mother.
The names of 17 victims of the flooding and mudslides in Montecito were released Thursday by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. "So our missing list is down to five".
When wildfires raged across California in December, they didn't just cause millions of dollars of damage.
Residents in some areas were subject to a new mandatory evacuation on Friday, emergency officials said, adding the unstable environment remained a threat.
After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 64 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 462.
What has been done so far to help the victims of the mudslides?When the rain did not return this winter, fire season feasted on the heavy growth that the previous winter had fueled and that had turned to tinder in the dry recent months.
The Montecito area saw more than 5 inches of rain overall, while Vandenberg Air Force Base recorded more than two and a half inches. Some had left, many hadn't - and then scrambled to do so after the opportunity had passed.
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"We intend to carry out her life's work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca", the statement said. "The whole house shook". The Los Angeles Fire Department had to launch a swift-water rescue to aid a man and a dog trapped in rising water near the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, and an LAPD cruiser became mired in a debris flow on La Tuna Canyon Road, according to authorities. Many of them had ignored earlier orders to get out.
"If they had", said Blum when referring to county officials, "they would've known where the water was going to go".
Prior to selling luxury real estate and building her namesake firm in Montecito, Riskin had a successful career as a professional ballerina.
"We did this very spontaneously, not thinking about the storm" Deckard said of the trip to Los Angeles.
Marshall Miller and his wife, Amy, heeded the advisory, leaving their house in a voluntary evacuation zone early Monday.
Jim, who worked in labor relations, and Alice, a schoolteacher, had moved to Montecito in 1995 after raising their two children in Southern California's Orange County.
The couple had resigned themselves to sleeping in their vehicle until a former professor invited them to his home in Ventura.
Even those who didn't lose their homes were told to leave for up to two weeks so they wouldn't interfere with the rescue and recovery operation.
"It was hard on people to be gone from their home as long as they were prior to Christmas", he said.