Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home


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The mudslides were caused when heavy rain dumped half an inch of water on Montecito in five minutes, while nearby Carpinteria received almost an inch in 15 minutes.

The boy's father and 2-year-old sister are still missing, the newspaper reported.

The two developments reduced the number of missing from seven to five.

"This is a constantly changing list", he said.The sheriff told reporters all of the victims were from Montecito.

"The Sheriff's Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones", it said.

Santa Barbara fire Captain Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point.

"Neighborhoods were just completely wiped out", she said, "Mud took everything with it".

Duffy survived, was treated in the hospital and released with cuts, bruises and a shoulder fracture.

Rebecca Riskin, a 61-year-old retired professional ballerina and founder of real estate firm Riskin Partners, died in Montecito as a result of the flooding and mudslides in the area, the firm confirmed in a Facebook post and statement.

Teams are continuing to rescue people who were trapped by the mudslides that inundated the seaside community early Tuesday morning, and on Friday the entire 300 residents and staff of a retirement community were rescued, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. His is the first death announced from the slide since Wednesday.

"We ask that you keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers", Brown said.

After nearly a minute of jumbled images are followed by the scene inside the house he shares with his parents: mud is at least 2 feet deep, and as high as the counters in the kitchen.

Several news accounts said that a mudslide swept Roy Rohter, who founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, and his wife, Theresa, from their home in Montecito early January 9.

She says Marilyn Ramos doted on her only child, Kailly.

Current estimates suggest there are still more than 6,000 people in "moderate" danger zones, more than 3,300 in "low" danger zones and just less than 1,000 living in "high" danger zones.

Authorities announced Thursday that 73-year-old Peter Fleurat was among those who died in Montecito.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito, California, is finally 100 per cent contained.

The devastation affected an area estimated at 30 square miles, according to Cal Fire. "There've been plenty of cases where they've found people a week after", Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said earlier on a muddy Montecito street especially hard-hit by the mudslide. The cause of death for 17 of the individuals was listed as "Multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfire". Authorities said on Thursday night that 43 people were unaccounted for.

It also included James Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before with his wife, Alice, of more than 50 years.

As of this writing, there have been 17 known casualties, among which includes at least three children, the youngest being three years of age.