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Ellen DeGeneres Fights Tears FaceTiming Oprah Winfrey in Their Mudslide-Damaged Neighborhood

Ellen DeGeneres Fights Tears FaceTiming Oprah Winfrey in Their Mudslide-Damaged Neighborhood

"Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was another Montecito resident impacted by the storm".

"Where I am now, which is the east side of my property, I was walking down here and all of my neighbours' homes are gutted", said Oprah.

"I don't think they could have ever saw this coming, but I think that if they had said everybody should leave, we wouldn't have seen as many people in this situation right now", Barajas said.

First the worst fire in California history, then torrential rains, have brought down whole hillsides in Montecito, an upscale village in Santa Barbara County. The sheriff's office told CBS News it issued voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders based on the best information they had, but the rain fell much faster and harder than expected.

A huge amount of rain fell in a matter of minutes on hills and mountain slopes scorched by last month's massive California wildfire.

DeGeneres explained that on January 7, she was told there was a mandatory evacuation in her neighborhood following heavy rains.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted the state's request for expanded federal disaster assistance in response to the devastating mudslides that have impacted Santa Barbara County and the community of Montecito, according to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. "So our missing list is down to five".

The water and powerful debris flows destroyed about 100 homes and damaged 300 others in the Montecito community, known for its multimillion-dollar properties. People are trying to locate missing people.

Rescuers are combing wreckage for victims - more than 50 people have been rescued but many places remain inaccessible 48 hours after roads were left impassible. "I live there, Oprah lives there", she went on.

"It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds. They're finding people and bodies", she later added, at times pausing to take a breath. "It is beyond recognizable".

Winfrey posted videos on Instagram showing her wading through almost knee-deep mud on her property and later inspecting the damage. "It's as devastating as can be".

In the disaster area, firefighters are going door to door to check the structural stability of homes damaged in the storm.

"It's really an overwhelming situation and we don't want to give an estimate that isn't accurate", said Colin Jones, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation. We're going to come together and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time.


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