Highway 101, California's main north-south coastal route, was buried under mud and debris, and about 30 miles of the southbound lane will be closed at least through midday Monday, said Capt. Cindy Pontes, Santa Barbara County commander for the California Highway Patrol. The rains began just after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes and gave a speech that had many on social media suggesting she should run for president in 2020.
Perhaps one of the most chilling accounts of the disaster comes from Berkeley Johnson and his wife Karen, who escaped onto the roof of their home in Montecito as mud slammed into the building.
For others, the grim reality was just beginning as workmen dug through the debris.
"We've gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud", said Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief. "You never really know". Her parents had a dog - Gigi, a small white poodle - who had not been found. Gigi was a rescue dog the couple had taken in a year earlier, and the dog followed them everywhere, Clay Weimer said.
Once inside the house, Farrell starts walking around securing the home, and ordering his 71-year-old mom Gabrielle to wake up his dad, 81-year-old Olympian Jeff Farrell.
The other children killed were 6-year-old Peerawat Sutthithepn, 10-year-old Jonathan Benitez and 12-year-old Sawyer Corey.
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"There are people who are missing family members".
The damage above Montecito isn't absolute.
The mud came in an instant and swept away everything in its path. Trees, homes, vehicles, even people - nothing was spared from the rapidly flowing mud's wrath.
A few streets away, Abbe and Gary Shaw counted their blessings. People who are in their homes waiting to be rescued, they don't know what's happening because there's no power, there's no water. While they count Oprah and Ellen as neighbors, they lamented the losses suffered by those who can ill afford it.
Wildfires were an absolute menace in California previous year.
"Realistically we suspect we are going to have the discovery of more people killed in this incident", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
"Had we not gone over there, I don't think that kid would have [survived]", he added. "What would we have done with the animals?"
Alice and James Mitchell had been forced from their home once, evacuating weeks earlier for the wildfires that burned nearby.
Before the news conference had ended, Brown returned to the microphone, and with a happy tone said a phone call had just come in about Keating. "Until that window is closed completely, we're doing every search like it's the first time the area's been searched".
"We sheltered in place in a hallway towards the back of the house", Farrell described.