Man thought found after mudslide still missing

Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank

Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank

Secondary searches of damaged structures were under way.

A member of the Long Beach Search and Rescue team looks for survivors in a auto in Montecito.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighbourhood in Santa Barbara County, California.

He and his partner of 17 years, Ralph "Lalo" Barajas, were swept out of their home before dawn Tuesday by the devastating slide.

On Thursday the attorney from nearby Ojai turned his efforts to helping at a relief center, leaving it to authorities to continue the search.

NeoTract, a maker of devices used in the medical field of urology, has launched a fundraising page asking for financial support for the family of Kim Cantin. A 14-year-old girl was trapped for hours in mud-soaked rubble on Hot Springs Road and then pulled to safety in a triumphant moment.

"I told her to stay on the second floor, but she went downstairs and opened the door and just got swept away", her son, Hayden Gower, told NBC affiliate KSBY.

NeoTract's GoFundMe post says her father and brother are still missing.

But the main artery connecting the Central Coast with Southern California will remain closed indefinitely, as Caltrans rescinded its estimated Monday reopening for Highway 101, which has been shut down since the mudslides.

The statement says Riskin was an "exceptional woman" who had exuded strength, grace and elegance.

"Neighborhoods were just completely wiped out", she said, "Mud took everything with it".

Speaking on Thursday, he said: "Realistically we suspect we are going to have the discovery of more people killed in this incident".

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

A vehicle sits in mud and debris after a mudslide on in Montecito, California.

Santa Barbara County said at least eight people are still thought to be missing following the disaster.

The number of missing persons has fluctuated since the disaster hit early Tuesday morning and had been as low as 16 on Wednesday evening.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Joseph Bleckel was found dead in his home by a search-and-rescue team at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Gater tells the Times more than 200,000 emails and other warnings were issued, but the county decided not to use the push alert system to cellphones out of concern that it might not be taken seriously.

Much of the area remained under mandatory evacuation orders, with the sheriff saying the area was "not a safe or convenient place to be right now".

Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods.

All of those killed died of "multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides", according to the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office. They're finding people and bodies. Another, who lost her life at her home, was a ballerina turned real-estate agent known in some quarters of this enclave for the wealthy and famous as "The First Lady of Luxury Real Estate".