What the mudslides did to Montecito, before and after

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A 30-mile stretch between Santa Barbara and Ventura along the 101 Freeway-where a swath of the Thomas fire burn area was located-was closed, reported the Los Angeles Times. "But we just feel lucky that we were able to get out and (are) alive".

Winfrey posted a photo of mud in her backyard. "This remains a very active search and rescue mission". "She was like, 'the rest of my kids, my kids, '" Petty Officer 3rd Class Billy Arrison said.

Search and rescue efforts have been slow as crews have to navigate through waist-deep mud, fallen trees, boulders and other debris.

Winfrey said Tuesday that her neighbors had to be rescued by helicopter, though it's unclear if the emergency was caused by the mudslide or by a "blazing gas fire" that broke out that morning.

"We are saddened to report that the death toll has now risen to 17", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters, saying it had been "another extremely challenging day".

"I think most people are really shocked at the extent of the damage and how big the impact was to the area", Brown said.

Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night after hearing the "deep rumblling" sound of boulders moving as mud levels rose.

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The immediate areas where people were killed are under mandatory evacuation, and officials increased the size of the evacuation zone Thursday.

Road closed: U.S. 101 in parts of Montecito and Santa Barbara will remain closed for at least 48 hours because of the muddy debris covering it, authorities said Tuesday.

Berkeley Johnson, a Montecito resident who narrowly escaped the onslaught that wiped out his home, made the life-saving discovery Tuesday, Santa Barbara City Fire spokeswoman Amber Anderson told TIME. "Power lines were down, high-voltage power lines, the large aluminum poles to hold those were snapped in half".

Some of the worst damage was on Montecito's Hot Springs Road, where the unidentified girl was rescued and residents had been under a voluntary evacuation warning. "Water was flowing out of water mains and sheared-off fire hydrants".

Farrell, who filmed the ordeal, turns the camera up the street outside the house to reveal a terrifying mudslide charging towards him.

A bevy of trucks from Southern California Edison were working at what was once a small, triangular-shaped park across the way from the retirement community. Officials said a clerical mistake led to the figure of 48 being released.

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