Mudslide-stricken California town is all but emptied out

Phillip Harnsberger crosses through mud from a flooded creek on Sheffield Drive in Montecito Calif

The Thomas Fire had forced her from home.

A last-minute decision to take in a punk rock concert in Los Angeles kept Justin Deckard and Alyssa Saldana safely away from the pounding storm that wreaked death and devastation, but left them trapped in their vehicle when they tried to return to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for final exams. "They weren't concerned. It's not like anybody came around and told them to leave".

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities including Montecito.

"Where do you go when you're a family of four and you don't have a second house?"

Seventeen people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed after mudslides tore through Montecito, California, early Tuesday morning.

Their cause of death was listed as "multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfire", according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Bleckel had previously been listed as missing. Theresa was rescued and said to be in stable condition, but Roy did not survive.

The deluge destroyed 100 houses and damaged 300 others, Santa Barbara County authorities said.

Helicopters were used to hoist more than 50 people to safety from roofs, where they scrambled to escape the mud or because debris had blocked roads and left them stranded.

What has been done so far to help the victims of the mudslides?

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Numerous same rescuers who fought the Thomas fire in Santa Barbara County are now frantically combing the area for survivors of the mudslide.

The 101, a key north-south route in California, was tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, but cleanup efforts have proved more hard than expected, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy said on Saturday.

"You know, it's my mom and I'm fighting with all my heart to find her but I can't focus too much on, she's most likely dead out here, you know, and just push my way through", an emotional Ruskin told reporters. Heavy rains were expected, and the loose, fire-charred hillsides above the area would likely wash away, downhill from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Pacific Ocean with Montecito in between.

Stuart Seto, National Weather Service weather specialist, said the storm acted as predicted. "We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community". "The whole house shook". And it's wealthy - the median home price among current listings is more than $4 million. Now their main worry was how they would get back to school in time for this week's finals.

Unable to drive, they have been confined to their neighborhood ever since, most of the time without power or water. City of Santa Maria officials said storm water closed two city roads - Black and Sonya Roads - but they were quickly reopened.

"Oh Lord, I am praying for the sweet town of Montecito". "You have to put a shield up and do your job and just remember. that's not to say that it doesn't upset us but when we're out here we just do our job".

Marshall Miller and his wife, Amy, heeded the advisory, leaving their house in a voluntary evacuation zone early Monday.

She is survived by a husband and two adult children.

The couple had resigned themselves to sleeping in their auto until a former professor invited them to his home in Ventura. Officials expanded mandatory evacuation zones Thursday because pedestrians and traffic were hindering rescue and fix operations.

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