Five People Missing After California Mudslides; Thomas Fire Finally Out

Councilman Gregg Hart said the recent Thomas Fire and the mudslides have severely tested the community, but that knows the region is in good hands with the array of rescue workers and sophisticated mutual-aid program.

After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 64 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 446.

The Santa Barbara County sheriff said emergency dispatchers received about 600 calls immediately after the rains began early Tuesday.

For most people it is unfathamable that a wildfire that started miles away in Santa Paula five weeks ago would lead to a deady mudslide in Montecito.

Highway 101 has been shut down in both directions because of the mud, Santa Barbara County officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Oprah Winfrey also has a property in Montecito that is reportedly worth almost $90m (£66m). Local rescue crews, using borrowed helicopters from the U.S. Coast Guard, worked to airlift them out, officials said.

Seven thousand people have been ordered to evacuate while over 23,000 others have been asked to leave voluntarily.

A wealthy Montecito neighborhood was also swamped with mud after the mudslides.

The TV host who is being touted as the next US President said: "What a day!"

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At least 20 people - four of whom were in severe or critical condition - were treated for storm-related injuries, said Dr. Brett Wilson, emergency department director at Cottage Health in Santa Barbara.

Another survivor, Berkeley Johnson, told NBC affiliate KSBY of Santa Barbara that he and his wife managed to climb to their roof about 3 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) after boulders and mud came crashing through their home.

"There is still a large area to be searched", he said.

Rescue crews used helicopters to pluck more than 50 people from rooftops because trees and power lines blocked roads, dozens more were rescued on the ground and firefighters pulled a mud-caked 14-year-old girl from a collapsed Montecito home where she had been trapped for hours.

Among the residents of Montecito, an unincorporated community northwest of Los Angeles, is Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey posted a video on Instagram showing her wading through almost knee-deep mud on her Montecito property.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

Residents who spent much of last month being urged to stay off roads and warned of potential evacuation orders faced the same outcomes from a different cause.

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