More than 40 People Remain Missing after the Mudslides in California

"Why did she go downstairs?"

Oprah Winfrey's $50 million home was damaged but survived the onslaught. Gower, 69, clung to the door frame.

"Our fences and our garages are under mud".

"We had just checked like half an hour earlier to see if there was any water here and there was hardly nothing, and I figured we had time", she told Noozhawk Wednesday.

"And she would always stop to give cookies or other treats to people at the YMCA", she said.

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Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of Roy Rohter, 84, co-founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, and a generous benefactor to Catholic education, who was swept from his Montecito home in a mudslide along with wife, Theresa, early in the morning of January 9 as the result of heavy rains. Downtown San Francisco got a record 3.15 inches (8 centimeters) of rain on Monday, smashing the old mark of 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) set in 1872.

At least 13 people died and several were still missing as rescuers continued to search through the next night.

Robert Lewin, director of the emergency management office, knew that couldn't be good.

She soon got another phone alert, this one from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

But by then, the deadly debris flow had already begun. "So many times over the past 15 years people have come up to me and say to me that when they're going through a tough time this show helps them through it", DeGeneres told her audience.

Many questions remain about what could have been done to keep people out of harm's way.

There seemed to be a weariness after the fire evacuations.

"And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.it's catastrophic".

"If you cry wolf, people stop listening", he said.

Heidi Flato, a Verizon spokesperson, said storm-related power outages were causing service interruptions in parts of Montecito. Riskin is survived by her husband and their two children, her namesake firm said.

This series of before and after images illustrate the damage in the Montecito area where some of the worst impacts were felt. Troy said her cottage was probably ok, but at least three of her family's cars were flooded, filled with debris or carried away - and likely some combination of all three.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning.

The evacuations are among a host of issues for the town that has been subjected to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, beginning with those enacted because of the Thomas Fire in December. "It's a nightmare", said a resident.

Numerous deaths and injuries occurred at locations that were not under mandatory evacuation for flooding, but weeks earlier, said areas were evacuated during a series of fires. "It's posing these kind of major problems". Theresa was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition.

In the wake of mudslides, some question why the mandatory evacuation zone - and the door-to-door visits - were not more widespread. "She had been trapped for hours in a pile of wood that was once her house. She was exceptional", said Gina Conte, who described Riskin as her best friend, mentor and confidante. "You can't even fathom what these poor patients went through to finally make their way to the emergency department".

She said her uncle will need money to replace his home and possessions - and to bury his partner. "I should have just told her to leave". "I think people were just exhausted from the warnings".

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