A teenage girl was pulled from the brink of death following Tuesday's tragic flooding and mudslides in Southern California. Oprah Winfrey also has a property in Montecito that is reportedly worth almost $90 million.
Footage showed a fire caused by a gas leak in the downpour as well as Winfrey's mud covered backyard, which she waded through in rain boots, People noted.
Oprah also shared a video of herself walking through the mud after her home in California suffered the effects of the storm. Mudflows traveled through neighborhoods near where Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres have homes.
The body count as of Wednesday was 15, with 25 reported injured and 50 having to be rescued. State Emergency Services urban search and rescue teams and emergency management staff have been assisting local crews in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said emergency personnel notified residents in the evacuation zone on Monday evening.
"Our hearts break for the communities first ravaged by fires and now devastated by these mudslides", Brown said in a statement.
Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in just a few miles, said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County.
He said of his own home in the community of Montecito: "This was an hour of rain, and the house was gone".
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"This entire area is a very active rescue and recovery and fix zone right now", he said. "And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.it's catastrophic".
About 30,000 residents were under evacuation orders.
Among those winched to safety was a 14-year-old girl, who was rescued from a collapsed house in Montecito.
Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson released the latest number early Friday.
"I'm driving down the road 60 miles an hour and the mudslide comes out of nowhere, out of the bushes here, and it comes out 3-4 seconds and hits my auto, pushes me over 3-4 feet, nearly against the railing", one resident said.
The mud was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, where hillsides were stripped of vegetation last month by the biggest wildfire on record in California.
Ms Winfrey said on Instagram that her property sustained only minor damage as she toured the scene.