Montecito is best known as a getaway for the rich and famous - the median home price among current listings is more than 4 million dollars (£2.9m) - although there are also working families living in modest houses and apartments.
Authorities would not specify how many people were in each category.
And rescue teams were still slogging through the mud, hunting for the missing and assessing the damage. About 10,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders.
Bleckel had previously been listed as missing.
They said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.
The tale that led to these tears is nothing new in Southern California.
She did take a look around outside to see just what the driving rainstorm had wrought as it triggered mudslides on hillsides laid bare by one of the largest wildfires in state history just last month.
The last embers were barely extinguished when the rains came.
Luckily for Ellen, her home managed to escape unscathed by the destruction, which was caused when heavy rain battered the ground which had been stripped of all vegetation after the Thomas wildfire.
Some residents watched as crews tried to clean up the area, still in disbelief.
"I think I'd like to stay out of their way", she said. "Literally. Ran for my life".
Farrell walks around the house to reveal the devastation. "Mud came in an instant, like a dam breaking". The trees and mud knocked down a fence and hedges that surrounded the front of the property.
Major roads were swamped, trapping many in their homes. "They weren't concerned", Weimer said.
Some people are still unaccounted for, and the death toll is expected to climb, Danielle Karson reports for NPR.
"Financially that's a burden", she said. It took out hedges and trees.
A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18. Heavy equipment and personnel are in the area, so please drive slow.
Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County. Jeff Bridges tweeted that his home was "severely damaged" but that his family was safe. I know that there were some definitely laying on the road early on Monday morning before first responders got there.
"This is an enormous loss for our community", the hospital said in a statement.