Numbers tell tragic tale of deadly California mudslides

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Marin Urban Search and Rescue team member Mike Paul helps with search efforts in Montecito on Thursday.

Authorities have released the names of 17 people killed by mudslides in California.

With debris cleared from the tracks, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner is now running five round-trips per day through the 11-mile closed area, and Island Packers and Condor Express are offering daily ferries from Ventura Harbor to Santa Barbara Harbor.

Heavy rains on hillsides denuded by last year's record wildfires triggered the mudslides, which also destroyed about 100 homes and injured at least 28 people, officials said.

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

Images taken before and after the mudslides in Montecito, California, show the extent of the destruction.

"I told her to stay on the second floor, but she went downstairs and opened the door and just got swept away", her son, Hayden Gower, told NBC affiliate KSBY.

Jennifer Ramos says Marilyn Ramos shared the home with her husband, Antonio Benitez, and the family of his brother, Victor Benitez.

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.

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Rebecca Riskin, the founder of Riskin Partners, was killed when mudslides ripped through Montecito. Hundreds of people have already been rescued, many of whom had to be hoisted out of the mud-filled area by aircraft, officials said.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

This is the terrifying moment a flash flood brought mud and debris barreling down a Southern California street.

Sheriff Bill Brown cautioned Thursday that many or most of those unaccounted for may simply have been unreachable to the family and friends who reported them missing.

The number of missing has fluctuated but stands at seven.

Gater tells the Times more than 200,000 emails and other warnings were issued, but the county decided not to use the push alert system to cellphones out of concern that it might not be taken seriously.

The message, similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children, was sent about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday to all registered cellphones in areas that were under voluntary and mandatory evacuations because of heavy rains that threatened mudflows in the wake of the Thomas fire, officials said.

Ken Oplinger, who heads the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, said the combination of the wildfire and the mudslide could doom some smaller businesses.

The numbers are horrific and just begin to tell the tale of tragedy unfolding in this quaint coastal hamlet overwhelmed by walls of debris, mud and water where rescuers Thursday continued the onerous search for survivors.

"Turn around! The flash flood's right here, get out of here, go!" he says.