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


She hoped to find them in a shelter or hospital.

When Clay and Kelly Weimer couldn't reach the Mitchells, they jumped in their auto Tuesday and headed south from the Bay Area.

Friday morning, the couple walked down to a security checkpoint near their home to get an update from the California Highway Patrol officer stationed there. They'd moved back home only about a week ago, Megan Mitchell said.

The post said she had two children, Julia and Robert, and a husband, Ken Grand. Other streets became rivers as the mud filled homes, blasted cars from garages, tore down trees and tumbled boulders like Legos.

They revised the figure down from 48 which they said they initially reported due to a clerical error.

Kailly Benitez, 3, was the youngest of four children whose names the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released Thursday.

"It goes without saying how incredibly devastating this time is for their loved ones", Brown said. Her son told her to stay upstairs, but he told KSBY-6 she went to the ground level and was taken by the knee-deep current of mud. "I don't know what to do". "I tried to get out every single way and there was no way out. I'm going to do everything I can".

Much of the community of about 9,000 remained under mandatory evacuation orders, even unscathed areas, as crews both removed debris and worked to restore water, sanitation, power and gas. Caroline, a high school water polo star and a senior at Barnard College in NY, was killed, her uncle said.

The drenching rains that unleashed the deadly torrents managed to finally contain the largest wildfire in state history, which burned for weeks above Montecito and stripped the steep hills of vegetation, making it prone to mudslides. From Haiti to Chile and now just an hour from home. At least five people are still missing.

"(In) four minutes the water was through our wall and in our house, nearly to the second story", he said. "There's nearly always more" that could come down, Jibson said.

But there were also glimmers of optimism amid the fury of the flood.

DeGeneres then thanked the firefighters for all they're doing in the area and for "working tirelessly on our behalf". Jaws of life and other tools were used to carefully extricate her.

Diane Brewer told KTLA 5 in Los Angeles that her friend was someone who lived passionately and was "very gregarious". "Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come". When the flooding receded, they chose to flee.

But after the flooding had subsided, they heard a baby crying and climbed down from the roof to begin searching.

NBC News couldn't immediately verify his account.

Oprah Winfrey's property is just a mess. "She had been trapped for hours in a pile of wood that was once her house".

Authorities had warned that destructive floods were likely because areas scorched by California's wildfires previous year stripped the region of much of its water-absorbing soil and foliage.

California Fire spokesman Brad Bihun says, "Right now we still are in a rescue mode so we don't know what is out there".

Sutthithepa and Taylor, his stepfather, the Los Angeles Times reported, were killed when the mudslides came through. Erik Ortiz reported from NY.