Their home was destroyed Tuesday in a mudslide. Seventeen people were reported missing.
They slogged through ooze and poked long holes into the mud on Wednesday as they searched for victims a day after the massive debris flow passed through. Survived by two children, three grandchildren.
About 100 homes were destroyed and hundreds of others were severely damaged in the coastal enclave of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles. "Water was flowing out of water mains and sheared-off fire hydrants".
With gas, water and electricity knocked out in most of the area, rescue workers were concerned that many of those trapped could run short on supplies.
"Sunday night, Portia (de Rossi) and I got a call that we're under mandatory evacuation, again, with most of the community of Montecito".
Frantic family and friends of the missing took matters into their own hands.
But when the earth began to move, it was too late. "Pretty unbelievable", Cordero said, holding back tears. I'm heartbroken for our community of Montecito. "But nothing remains of their house".
Some of the searches had happy endings. She hoped to find them in a shelter or hospital.
Almost in tears, Mobraaten spoke with a Red Cross volunteer outside the shelter.
"I work in L.A. but I consider Montecito my home", she said.
Mobraaten made a decision to head toward a supermarket where the National Guard had been dropping people off.
Joe Orcutt, a trucker for Sacramento-based Devine Intermodal, had to stop at San Paso on the morning of January 9 after his dispatcher realized he would not be able to deliver the glass bottles he was hauling to Santa Barbara. Tige said he was checking the downspouts of his home around 3:30 a.m. when the storm picked up. "When they're searching if they come across a scent they can't account for then they'll start alerting".
Burned-over zones are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because scorched earth doesn't absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there are no shrubs.
Secondary searches of damaged structures were underway.
"Helicopters rescuing my neighbours".
Highway 150 is also closed from Lake Casitas to Carpinteria.
The deadly mudslides that ravaged the town came a month after a massive wildfire drove many residents from their homes and blackened the nearby mountains.
"We would have evacuated", she said. The talk show host shared on Instagram an update of the situation near her Montecito house.
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Oprah Winfrey is still in Montecito following the area's third brush with Mother Nature's fierce wrath in an achingly short timeframe. "In so many ways she was so handsome", Brewer said.
"It was a woman's body", she said.