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Five still missing after deadly floods sweep through California community

14 January 2018

At least 13 people have been killed and homes torn from their foundations in flash flooding in southern California.

Santa Barbara County sheriff Bill Brown told "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that they're still looking for people who might be trapped or isolated in Montecito and the surrounding areas.

Rescuers are continuing their search operations, with the missing now numbering seven, including a two-year-old girl, according to the Santa Barbara sheriff's office.

Search teams in Southern California continue to reach areas buried in mud and debris after Tuesday's deadly rains.

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Another aerial video from ABC World News showed a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle stuck in what appeared to be a mudslide that had come to a halt in north Los Angeles County.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that homes in California that had never been flooded before were also at risk now.

Authorities asked thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County to evacuate.

Residents were rescued by helicopter from the roofs of their homes - with some later returning to recover valuable belongings and pets. Given the scale and scope of the disaster, though, she says, that may take some time. The fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280 in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, particularly affecting the cities of Montecito and Carpinteria. Firefighters waded through knee-deep sludge and used search dogs to find other victims. In another, she wades through the mud in her backyard to show that it's nearly as high as the tops of her rain boots.

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Parts of the busy USA 101 freeway that connects Santa Barbara with Ventura remained closed Wednesday due to debris and mud left by overflows from Montecito Creek.

DeGeneres also wrote on Twitter, "I've love being part of the Montecito community".

"I came around the house and heard a deep rumbling, an ominous sound that I knew was the boulders moving as the mud was rising", he said.

None of those killed have been publicly identified yet, with Santa Barbara's County Sheriff Bill Brown telling reporters: "We realise this is going to be a long and hard journey for all of us and our community".

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Five still missing after deadly floods sweep through California community