Before and After Photos Show Extent of Southern California Mudslide, Flood Damage

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At least 17 people died - several, like Gower, in areas not under mandatory evacuation orders - and more than 100 homes were obliterated.

Pitney said many rescues were still happening Wednesday and Thursday, but most if not all were of people who were safe but just wanted to get out of the area.

ROY ROHTER, 84:Rohter founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura in 1994 and was described as a man dedicated to his Catholic faith and to helping others.

Santa Barbara County has been badly affected, with thousands forced to leave their homes.

By the time tons of mud and debris started flowing down fire-scorched hillsides and into Montecito neighborhoods early Tuesday, it was too late for most residents still inside their homes, and there was no way to escape.

A victim of California's deadly mudslides had celebrated his 89th birthday just hours earlier, while another was a ballerina turned real estate agent known as "The First Lady of Luxury Real Estate" in parts of Montecito, an enclave for the wealthy and famous.

Now, three days in to a mandatory evacuation order they chose to ignore, the Shaws said they're determined to ride out what could be a multi-week closure. "It just exhausts the crews out there", Sacramento Fire Department Captain Pat Costamagna said in a social media video from the governor's emergency management office. "This is how deep the mud is", she said, sloshing through the muck up to her knees.

Gower's son, Hayden Gower, confirmed to ABC News that her body was found Wednesday afternoon.

Jen Guilbeault said she chose to stay in her home on Ortega Ridge Road because it, too, was in a voluntary evacuation zone.

"Roy's life has been in service to his good, loving and ever-forgiving God", Van Hecke, a close friend of the Rohters, said in a statement.

He said the zone, which includes areas formerly under voluntary evacuation advisories, would be in effect for one week but that residents should plan for two.

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In addition to the dead and injured, 65 houses have been destroyed while another 462 sustained damage.

Aerial footage over Montecito showed a contrast of widespread damage next to homes completely untouched by the disaster.

A search and rescue team work amid uprooted trees and rocks on mud in Montecito, California on January 12, 2018.

Almost 450 first responders and government officials and 14 rescue choppers flooded into the area to help bring order to the chaos.

Marshall Taylor told ABC News his brother went by his middle name, Loring, and was 79, not 67 as Santa Barbara County officials reported earlier.

"Some rescues have been gut-wrenching: firefighters pushed through wait-high mud to reach a 14-year-old girl caked in mud from head to toe", Karson reports.

The mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when residents in their path were likely asleep.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department released photos of U.S. Route 101 that was flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek.

And now a massive rescue operation is underway along the southern California coast.

Hundreds of searchers are still hunting for survivors of the flash flooding and mudslides near Santa Barbara, California.

"Our hearts break for the communities first ravaged by fires and now devastated by these mudslides".

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