Footage shows mud and debris barreling through California home

U.S. Highway 101 at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek in Montecito

He said on Facebook that 4 feet 9 inches of "raging mud" filled their home and that his auto was swept away. "It's as devastating as can be", she said. Mudflows traveled through neighborhoods near where Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres have homes."There are 43 people now who may be considered as missing", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

"There's been plenty of cases where they've found people a week after".

Eighteen people have died as a result of the disaster in the wealthy enclave of Montecito, a community about 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles.

Winfrey also brought some firefighters, who received an enormous round of applause, on camera while telling Ellen that she's not fleeing Montecito because she wants to do whatever possible to help her community. The house was flattened hours earlier by the deadly storm-triggered mudslide that ravaged the Montecito area. "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.

An estimated 100 homes were completely destroyed, with at least 300 damaged.

The number of people missing after the Montecito area mudslide remains at seven as of Saturday morning.

The mudslides were caused by heavy rain which sent mud and boulders sliding down the hills stripped of vegetation by the recent wildfires in the area.

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"I was walking down here and all of my neighbors' homes are gutted".

DeGeneres tweeted the video of her remarks on Thursday.

"I have been through some experiences in my life, this is right up there with them, I gotta tell you". Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the recovery effort, says their top priority is reaching those people, getting them to safety and finding the people who are still missing.

Many fled to nearby Carpinteria, where local resident Tessa Nash said more than a few were communicating via a Facebook page called Carpinteria Swap, which is usually focused on the buying and selling of secondhand goods. And I'm trying to weave the auto in, you know, two feet of mud to get back in the driveway and down the street. She saw that the "sky seemed like it was on fire". "We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community". These mudslides are expected to happen again.

"But we're going to do what we do".

"We certainly hope it will be less than that, but the sooner we can get the resources in there that need to be in there to assess the damage in addition to the current rescue operation that is under way, the sooner we are going to be able to get things back to normal".

She remained, however, incredibly positive, adding, "We're going to come together and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time".