Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

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A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18.

On Thursday, Santa Barbara sheriff Bill Brown said of the missing, "We are certainly searching for a miracle right now". She has been informed that she wouldn't have water or gas, but she still feels grateful.

Images that captured the area north of Winfrey's 65-acre estate showed severely damaged homes that were completely engulfed by the river of mud. On Thursday they believed dozens were unaccounted for, but the number was revised down.

DeGeneres revealed she and her wife Portia de Rossi returned to their house on Dec. 27 after being evacuated due to the Thomas Fire. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, a Montecito resident ordered to evacuate before the mudslides began, discussed the tragedy Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Their goal is to find someone, he said.

A car sits in mud and debris after a mudslide on in Montecito, California. "You hear the word mudslides and you have no idea the impact that it has". Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson told reporters some 1,250 emergency workers were at work Friday, slogging through soupy mud and uncertain footing to search for anyone who is trapped. I am also an editor for Turning Point News and a foreign correspondent for Snip.And in case you were wondering, it's supposed to be pronounced "Wit-2".

Luckily for Ellen, her home managed to escape unscathed by the destruction, which was caused when heavy rain battered the ground which had been stripped of all vegetation after the Thomas wildfire.

Because she couldn't re-enter the area if she left, Ettman arranged to have groceries delivered to her at a police checkpoint. They finally eroded into deadly mudslides that struck the community unawares. We're going to come together, and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time.

"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".

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt Adam Estabrook and Engineer Rick Pinal search through a debris pile behind a home destroyed by mudflow and debris in Montecito, California, U.S., January 13, 2018.

This is the terrifying moment a flash flood brought mud and debris barreling down a Southern California street.

"The Sheriff's Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones", the department wrote in a statement releasing the names.

One of California's most celebrated roads, coastal Highway 101, was partially closed, with mud that was two feet deep in places, while in Montecito, mud reached the roof lines of houses, as residents surveyed their damaged homes.

"We certainly hope it will be less than that, but the sooner we can get the resources in there that need to be in there to assess the damage in addition to the current rescue operation that is under way, the sooner we are going to be able to get things back to normal".