Five People Missing After California Mudslides; Thomas Fire Finally Out

California mudslides

California mudslides

The sheriff asked that the public "keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers" and said there would be a candle light vigil on Sunday "to remember and honor" the victims. There are people who are missing family members. Those killed ranged in age from 3 to 89, and all lived in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said.

Tighe says there was no mandatory evacuation for her community.

The Benitez brothers survived.

The SDFD California Task Force 8 canine search and rescue mission ready package team was scheduled to depart Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The Benitez brothers are gardeners.

Ellen herself reflects on the show regarding what's going on in her life and with her home.

She says Marilyn Ramos doted on her only child, Kailly.

The death toll in the Montecito, California, mudslides has risen by one to 19 and the number of remaining missing has decreased to five.

He and his partner of 17 years, Ralph "Lalo" Barajas, were swept out of their home before dawn Tuesday by the devastating slide. The stretch of the 101 between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara was reopened midday Thursday. Tuesday's debris flows killed at least 13 people and injured at least 25.

The devastation affected an area estimated at 30 square miles, according to Cal Fire.

More than 29,000 people are under the evacuation orders which could last for at least a week.

The wettest rainstorm of the winter dumped steady rain in fire-ravaged Northern California communities but only some fallen trees and minor rockslides were reported overnight.

The cause of death for most of the victims will be listed as multiple traumatic injuries resulting from flash floods with mudslides, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's office said Thursday.

"Water is very powerful", said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for Santa Barbara County.

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

She said she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, had to evacuate their home on Sunday, just 10 days after returning from a previous evacuation for wildfires.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

A vigil will be held tomorrow to remember those who passed away following Tuesday morning's mudslides.

As their names and those of 14 other victims were released Thursday, crews kept digging through the muck and rubble looking for more people.

Santa Barbara fire Captain Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point.

"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.