Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides

Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides

Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides

More than two dozen people were injured, and at least five remained missing Friday, authorities said, though they noted that number is expected to fluctuate.

Last month's spate of wildfires, including the largest in California history, burned away grass and shrubs that held soil in place, and baked a waxy layer into the earth that prevents water from sinking deeply into the ground.

Among the residents of Montecito, an unincorporated community northwest of Los Angeles, is Oprah Winfrey. A huge police presence keeps out both residents and looters.

"Roy's life has been in service to his good, loving and ever-forgiving God", said Michael Van Hecke, St. Augustine's headmaster.

Bulldozers cleared roads of tangled trees, muck and boulders while tanker trucks were being used to haul off floodwaters sucked up from U.S. Highway 101.

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Residents of the mudslide-hit area were assessing their damaged homes.

Evacuee Hannah Troy has spent three days at the Red Cross shelter in nearby Santa Barbara.

The family rode out the storm unharmed on kitchen counters as the debris smashed through the walls and water swirled around them.

An avid ice hockey player who had skated in a game the night before the mudslides, Mark Montgomery's body was found a day after his children, located about a mile from their home.

"I work in LA, but I consider Montecito my home". She then FaceTimed Oprah, who also resides in Montecito and remains there.

For others, the grim reality was just beginning as workmen dug through the debris.

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The disaster was already unfolding when Santa Barbara County officials sent out their first cellphone alert at 3:50 a.m. County emergency manager Jeff Gater said officials decided not to send one sooner out of concern it might not be taken seriously. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said. "You have to start accepting the reality of that".

"The partner of one of the people killed in the California mudslides says the victim had just enough time to shout, "'grab onto some wood and don't let go.'" before he was swept to his death. None of the adult dead shared their last names.

Many celebrities who have homes in Montecito have discussed the mudslides on social media, giving first-hand accounts of the incident and offering their condolences to those who lost their lives.

But 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, who had been previously identified as missing, was "found alive and well", Brown told the AP. Some streets suffered no damage.

He said on Facebook that 4 feet 9 inches of "raging mud" filled their home and that his vehicle was swept away.

A further eight commercial buildings were destroyed while 20 others were damaged.

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The searches themselves are slow, largely because the mud is so hard to walk through and hides myriad dangers. Like many, the couple described hearing explosions during the slide as gas lines ruptured and exploded. In an interview with TV station KCAL, Farrell said he regrets ignoring the evacuation order. "I'm standing right now still in a lot of mud but not as much as yesterday", she said. The two had traveled to Italy for five weeks with Josie's children previous year.

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