Search and rescue crews continue looking for survivors, victims in mudslides

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He shared the home with his partner who owned a cafe in Santa Barbara.

County health officials announced Thursday that ocean bacterial levels are above standard levels along dozens of miles of coast, from Gaviota state beach to Carpinteria state beach.

"I think I'd like to stay out of their way", she said.

Even wrecked cars have been swept onto beaches.

Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. "This is a constantly changing list", he said.The sheriff told reporters all of the victims were from Montecito.

In updating the missing figure, Brown said that the precise number could fluctuate significantly.

"At this moment we are still looking for live victims", Santa Barbara Fire Capt. Gary Pitney said Thursday.

"We do understand that the closure of Highway 101 is causing great hardships for many, many people", Pontes said. "The Sheriff's Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones", the department wrote in a statement releasing the names.

This affluent, upscale community near the famed San Ysidro Ranch with its sprawling, multimillion dollar homes and lush rolling lawns was previously best known as site of former US President John F. Kennedy's honeymoon with his bride, Jackie Bouvier, in 1953, and for its current celebrity residents. The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

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David Cantin, 49, was the father of 14-year-old Lauren Cantin, whom rescuers pulled from her Montecito home earlier this week, the Associated Press reported.

NeoTract, a maker of devices used in the medical field of urology, launched a fundraising page Wednesday, asking for financial support for the family of Cantin's mother, Kim, a marketing executive for the company.

His house was destroyed by the mudslide that buried his daughter for hours before firefighters could rescue her. The house was flattened hours earlier by the deadly storm-triggered mudslide that ravaged the Montecito area.

Lloyd said he's talked to some firefighters about the mud that swept through and destroyed homes they'd fought to protect. Her friend Doug Scott told ABC News that Gower and another friend were on the second floor of her home but ventured downstairs when they heard rumbling.

The death toll from devastating mudslides - caused by torrential rains in wildfire-scarred areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in Southern California - climbed to 17 Wednesday as rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead.

Rebecca Riskin, the founder of Riskin Partners, was killed when mudslides ripped through Montecito. Her body was found that night, near a highway hit by the slide. Authorities say they need to limit people in the area so the backhoes and front-end loaders can continue digging out streets.

Some smaller number, which authorities wouldn't give, were actively being investigated as missing people who could be dead under the debris.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.