DeGeneres, Winfrey share emotions mudslides in neighbourhood

Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a home that has been buried in flood debris in Montecito Calif. Tuesday Jan. 9 2018. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods

"Today, I need you because there's a lot going on in my life right now", she told the audience and viewers. It was so incredibly harrowing", said Brian O'Dea, author of "High: "Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler". The rain triggered massive mudslides.

From above, the debris flow appears as a near-endless swath of brown, interrupted occasionally by the roof tiles of inundated homes and clouds of smoke from smoldering structures.

"These mudslides, they call them flash floods for an absolutely good reason".

But in the beginning, in cold rain and hours of cold, slimy mud, dead animals, traumatized residents, stood those young women reporters telling us what we didn't want to see or hear.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted a request on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown for expanded financial aid that was first allocated for the Thomas Fire, the governor's office said in a statement.

"You don't know the power of a mudslide", Degeneres said.

"I said, 'We gotta get out of here.' As I turned the auto around and I looked in my rear-view mirror, I saw huge boulders the size of my vehicle rolling on the street behind me, and I went, 'Mother of God, this is like Independence Day, ' so I took off back down to the house", he said.

Their house literally collapsed around them on Tuesday morning and two of the members went missing. I mean, it was apocalyptic. "The neighbors out back, their houses are gone". "It was like somebody had brought a chainsaw and started chopping down trees". DeGeneres said following the blazes, she was able to return to her house at the tail-end of last month.

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Gower loved to travel, she said. Winfrey posted a video of herself outside her Montecito mansion wading through near-knee deep mud.

Finally, many Montecito residents ignored the initial warnings. With no vegetation left to absorb the rain, the slides came quickly amid a torrential downpour. "Crews are working day and night to clear the road ways".

The walls of mud that roared through foothills and valleys sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the sprawling Los Padres National Forest also destroyed 100 single-family homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and injured 28 people, said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

At a news conference Thursday where he said 43 were missing, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the updated figure was an "inclusive" number that encompassed several definitions of "missing". All are residents of Montecito and range in age from 3 to 89.

As California is at the beginning of its rainy season, O'Dea says he's anxious about how people will make it through.

Kessler shared that he and others were unable to get to the area to help with the search efforts because the roads are closed.

"It is a massive operation that we have underway, still in the search and rescue mode, as mentioned, but as we transition and will transition to a recovery mode, we realize that this is going to be a long and hard journey for all of us and for our community", he said.

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