"Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard 'a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was. boulders moving as the mud was rising'".
Several news accounts said that a mudslide swept Roy Rohter, who founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, and his wife, Theresa, from their home in Montecito early January 9.
Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson says the new number tallied Thursday follows sheriff's investigations of missing-persons reports. "This is a constantly changing list", he said.The sheriff told reporters all of the victims were from Montecito.
She said the carriages are standing room only, and that the conductors were not bothering to collect tickets.
A mud-caked 14-year-old girl was among the dozens rescued on the ground Tuesday.
The Benitez brothers are gardeners. Authorities said crews work 16 hours a day.
She says Marilyn Ramos doted on her only child, Kailly.
The mudslides ravaged this part of Southern California less than a month after it was devastated by wildfire. They brought their three-legged dog Lucas with them, who they propped up on an empty TV box.
Triggered by heavy rains, the massive slides struck before dawn on Tuesday, local time.
Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.
From here, crews are trying to figure out how they're going to get rid of all the mud that's left hundreds trapped and many more missing.
The affected area was located west of Sheffield Drive, East Valley Road and Lader Lane; east of Olive Mill and Hot Springs Road, north of the ocean and south of U.S. Forest Service boundary.
Officials said secondary searches of damaged structures were under way. The mud swept homes off their foundations and caused a 30-square-mile debris flow.
Southern California authorities have corrected the number of people missing since the Montecito mudslides to eight. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds".
On Friday, the estimated number of missing people was down to five, after an estimate of 43 on Thursday.
NASA has captured before-and-after imagery of this week's deadly mudflow disaster in Montecito, California. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.
Current estimates suggest there are still more than 6,000 people in "moderate" danger zones, more than 3,300 in "low" danger zones and just less than 1,000 living in "high" danger zones.