"It's like we're on an island".
Tighe, whose charity provided breathing masks to residents during the fire, said he was outside his home around 3:30 a.m. checking downspouts when the rain intensified. Residents were still in shock over the loss of life.
Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded Thursday evening to Montecito areas below Highway 192/Foothill road, a move Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said is meant to increase access for rescue and fix crews working in the area.
Overall, 28 people were injured.
Other victims include a 22-year-old woman who died in the arms of her brother as he frantically tried to save her, after their father was also swept to his death by the fast-moving river of mud. "This remains a very active search and rescue mission".
Direct Relief has staff on the group sending medical support as the situation develops, but assures that donations directed toward the Southern California disaster are applied to same day assistance. After a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 64 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 462.
People can help via the Red Cross and Direct Relief.
"I'm standing right now in still a lot of mud where we share a fence line, and the neighbors" houses are gone.
Utility trucks crowd the area around Olive Mill Road and Coast Village Road as part of the effort to restore services to flood-ravaged Montecito. In an interview with TV station KCAL, Farrell said he regrets ignoring the evacuation order. Because of the broad reach of the alerts, they said they believed the message would have panicked people who were not in danger and triggered mass evacuations that would have snarled traffic and delayed emergency vehicles.
Our hearts go out to all those in Montecito.
"It was activated at the appropriate time actually when the event was occurring", Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
About 7000 residents in Santa Barbara County were ordered to evacuate before the downpour on Tuesday, and another 23,000 were urged to do so voluntarily. "And then checking homes making sure there is no one who chose to stay and now we need to help them get out". "They weren't concerned. It's not like anybody came around and told them to leave".
"I extend my prayers to all those searching for family members, and urge them to call the Family Assistance Center at 833-688-5551 if they need assistance locating anyone".
As their names and those of 14 other victims were released Thursday, crews kept digging through the muck and rubble looking for more people. "I don't know how I got lulled".
These conditions can make it hard - and often risky - for first responders to get to affected areas and provide relief for residents.