The coroner's office said their cause of death will be listed as "multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfires".
Jennifer Markham couldn't keep the tears from flowing as the 43-year-old stay-at-home mom and her kids struggled through mud and debris Wednesday, trying to get back to their Montecito home.
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.
"But we're going to do what we do". We're going to come together and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time.
Other victims include Martin Cabrera-Munoz, 48, whose family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral. The order helps ensure there's the staffing and resources needed to continue to respond to the ongoing disaster and expedite debris removal.
Amid a field of debris out of a movie in the small California town of Montecito on Thursday stood Oprah Winfrey, communicating via FaceTime with Ellen DeGeneres about the horrors that the community connecting the two television legends has seen in a very short span of time.
She said as her house was positioned on a knoll, she felt secure and that despite being informed she wouldn't have water or gas, she feels grateful. "So again, we evacuated because they feared mudslides", the host said.
The couple had resigned themselves to sleeping in their auto until a former professor invited them to his home in Ventura.
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"This room is always so full of positivity and love and today I really need it".
There has been no outpouring of complaints from people that wireless warnings should have been sent out earlier, and residents of affected areas spoke with The Associated Press said they knew they lived in evacuation areas but chose not to leave.
The number of people reported missing was at eight Thursday morning, and likely will still rise.
"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds.
However, DeGeneres shared the rain washed away her short-lived bliss. "I screamed at my family and water started coming into the house". It's less than 10,000 people... It's a tight-knit community so everyone kind of knows everyone.
The Mitchells were in love with their home in the seaside enclave of Montecito where they moved in 1995, according to their daughter. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people form all backgrounds and there are families missing".
The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said Tuesday night that Montecito would be without potable water, electricity and sanitation "for an extended period of time". They're finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it's catastrophic. "It is beyond recognizable".
"Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people", Bridges tweeted Thursday.