The Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health department, Susan Klein-Rothschild, said the mudslides have destroyed at least 65 homes and damaged another 462 other residences in the town. Brown returned to the microphone minutes later to say a call had been received and Keating had been found at a hospital outside the area.
Evacuation orders were issued for areas below the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire Burn Areas beginning at noon on Monday, January 8, but only about 15 percent of residents are known to have evacuated. Peerawat's last name was also misspelled by officials, Marshall Taylor said.
The mudslides began after heavy rains early Tuesday created rivers of mud and debris that ran down hillsides in Santa Barbara County.
The company confirmed her death in a Wednesday Facebook post.
Karson, reporting for NPR from Pasadena, Calif., said the mudflows above Montecito were so powerful they ripped some homes off their foundations.
Rescuers were busy probing thick muck, swollen creeks and tangled trees with poles in search of seven missing people while dogs sniffed for bodies. Rainfall totals on Tuesday afternoon ranged from 3 to 5 inches in the mountains in Ventura County and 2 to 3 inches in the mountains of Santa Barbara County.
Perhaps one of the most chilling accounts of the disaster comes from Berkeley Johnson and his wife Karen, who escaped onto the roof of their home in Montecito as mud slammed into the building.
The television host and comedian said she evacuated from her home during both disasters. His brother Victor is Jonathan father and the husband of Fabiola Benitez.
"The pinnacle of Rebecca's life's work and her lasting legacy lies in Riskin Partners and our enduring commitment to selling Montecito real estate", said Dina Landi, managing partner at Riskin Partners.
"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Jennifer Ramos, Marilyn Ramos' sister. Instead, he learned she had been swept away and killed, KSBY-6 reported.
The mudslides were caused by heavy rain which sent mud and boulders sliding down the hills stripped of vegetation by the recent wildfires in the area.
Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.
One of the survivors of this week's deadly mudslides in Montecito was the subject of one of the most dramatic rescues to take place when she was pulled covered in mud from a collapsed house.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that the fire that burned 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) was fully contained. Seventeen people dead, 28 injured, 43 missing - a number updated by officials due to a clerical mistake. Officials say a clerical mistake led to the figure of eight being released.
"We were able to find people", Anderson said, but added that the number could continue to fluctuate greatly. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. To make matters worse, biologists have found that when rain hits the charred landscape, it can become even more dense and more water repellent.