Missing, 100 Homes Destroyed, 300 Damaged in California Floods

6 died several stranded in California mudslides

6 died several stranded in California mudslides

Rescue crews worked to clear debris from roads across greater Los Angeles, including a key stretch of US 101 that was brought to a standstill along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Crews performed at least 50 rescues to save people trapped in vehicles and buildings.

Almost 700 fire and other personnel and 14 helicopters were assisting in the recovery efforts, the fire department said.

"We can't get to them, and they can't get to us..." Highway 101 remains closed from Highway 150 in Carpinteria to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara. "It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful".

Winfrey bought the property in 2001 in Montecito, which is also home to celebrities including Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, who also tweeted about the floods.

A girl of 14 was freed after firefighters heard cries for help from what was left of her home.

"This has happened before but I think it's worse because of the fire, because of all the burnt".

"The neighbors out back - their houses are gone, just gone". "She was like, 'the rest of my kids, my kids, '" Petty Officer 3rd Class Billy Arrison said.

After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because scorched earth does not absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there are no shrubs.

On the other end of the Thomas Fire burn area, video from Caltrans showed a portion of State Route 33 had completely washed away. Ventura County received the largest amount of rain, 130 millimeters, according to the Los Angeles Weather Services.

The terrain has been destroyed and debris including fallen trees, boulders and waist-deep mud have made rescue efforts hard.

Thousands had to leave their homes, many for the second time in two months.

Santa Barbara County authorities said Thursday afternoon up to 43 people are missing as a result of the mudslides this week in the Montecito area.

The mudslides, which came in the early morning hours of Tuesday, killed at least 18 people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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.

US Coast Guard officials rescue a family including a young child from their home that was severely damaged after a mudslide.