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Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of United States mudslide

Rescuers continue to search for people in rubble of United States mudslide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted a request on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown for expanded financial aid that was first allocated for the Thomas Fire, the governor's office said in a statement. Another celebrity who joined Oprah in posting on social media updates on the disaster was Ellen DeGeneres.

Santa Barbara County officials said on Friday that five people are missing, adding that the list is constantly fluctuating.

A prominent Newfoundlander says he made a harrowing escape from the California mudslides that killed at least 17 people and wiped out homes and roads.

Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson says the number of personnel searching ravaged neighborhoods has doubled over the past day to 1,250.

The cause of Bleckel's death wasn't announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides.

Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs.

First responders have searched about 75 percent of the debris field left by a torrent of boulders, detritus and muck, according to Brown.

Two dozen people remain missing after the mudslides swept through Santa Barbara County following a rainstorm that swept the area on Tuesday. An airship with night-vision capabilities hovered over the damage late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, as rescue crews refused to spare a minute in their search.

The television host and comedian said she evacuated from her home during both disasters.

"We'll just be here", Abbe Shaw said as she walked back to their house.

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In some cases, the deluge seemed to split families as well as homes. Survived by her husband, two grown children and a grandson.

Numerous missing are older retirees and young children who didn't have the strength to stand up to the mud as it swept through their neighborhood.

Roy Rohter, 84. Former real estate broker, founder of a private Catholic school in Ventura. She was rescued and is at a hospital in stable condition, the outlet reported.

The surge destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings in Montecito and washed out a 30-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway.

Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during a recent wildfire.

"Many of Rebecca's clients quickly became close personal friends as her knowledge, strength and work ethic were eclipsed only by her unending grace, warmth and kindness", Riskin Partners wrote in a release. "Some of the locals think there's probably bodies in there".

The deluge destroyed 100 houses and damaged 300 others, Santa Barbara County authorities said. Some remained in hotels and family guest rooms or on friends' sofas for more than a week, feeling like holiday burdens or worrying about unexpected housing bills.

Laura Camp, a spokesperson for the Montecito water district, said the boiled water notice is still in effect for the entire district.

From above, the debris flow appears as a near-endless swath of brown, interrupted occasionally by the roof tiles of inundated homes and clouds of smoke from smoldering structures. "That is why we have the canines to help us assist in those efforts to either sniff out or guide us to areas potentially that could have other people that need assistance and rescue".


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