Slowly but surely the floodwaters on the 101 Freeway began to recede.
But the Montecito mudslide disaster is not an easy emergency to work. "It's like we're on an island. We are the lucky ones", he said, shaking his head with the knowledge that a single boulder on a different trajectory could have taken out his home. Residents were still in shock over the loss of life.
"There are people who are missing family members".
Overall, 28 people were injured. On Saturday, authorities said during a press conference that the 19th person killed was identified as 25-year-old Morgan Christine Corey, of Montecito.
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The water and powerful debris flows destroyed about 100 homes and damaged 300 others in the Montecito community, known for its multimillion-dollar properties.
Hundreds of searchers are still hunting for survivors of the flash flooding and mudslides near Santa Barbara, California. "Today, I need you because there's a lot going on in my life right now", she told the audience and viewers. Fallen power lines crisscrossed a neighbor's yard, and trees lay like knocked-over bowling pins.
Utility trucks crowd the area around Olive Mill Road and Coast Village Road as part of the effort to restore services to flood-ravaged Montecito.
For days beforehand, the county had issued repeated warnings through social media, news media and community information emails about the potential for mudflows from the huge wildfire scar in the hills above neighborhoods. "It's emotional for me to say this, but I think they're gone". The first slides ripped through Montecito about 3:30 a.m. and continued after the county cellphone alerts went out.
"It was activated at the appropriate time actually when the event was occurring", Brown said at a news conference Thursday. Exhausted from previous evacuations to escape the fires, some residents made a decision to take their chances rather than leave their homes yet again.
Just weeks after raging wildfires forced them to leave their homes, residents of the area to the east of Santa Barbara were being urged to leave after a deluge of mud, ash and boulders were unleashed by a ferocious storm. "They weren't concerned", Weimer said.
"So we chose to hoist them from the roof, but we did have to pull them from the roof in order to hoist them up to the helicopter".
Rescue crews in Montecito are now looking for five people missing and feared dead. "I tried to get out every single way and there was no way out".
These conditions can make it hard - and often unsafe - for first responders to get to affected areas and provide relief for residents.