Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides

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The Thomas fire was the largest wildfire in recorded California history. DeGeneres is one of the many who owns a home in the area and took time out of her usually energetic show to address the seriousness of the situation and thank her audience for keeping her positive.

In one of the worst-hit areas of Montecito, mud blew through doors and windows, filling the interiors of houses with muck and debris.

"The next rain, I can't imagine why we're going to experience anything different. We can't get in, we can't get out unless you get escorted by the police", Montecito resident Matt McAllister said.

She stood in mud as she said she was "devastated" by the damage to her neighbour's house. And it made me so proud to live there.

Mud fills the interior of a vehicle destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank. After everything we've been through I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious, but exactly what they feared happened.

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Geologists and forecasters warned that intense rain could trigger deadly mudslides from the scorched areas. It's a tight-knit community so everyone kind of knows everyone.

The night Oprah received a great honor at the Golden Globes and delivered a powerful speech, she returned home to Montecito, California and faced tragedy for the second time in only a few months. It's not just a wealth community.

Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the US Coast Guard, the US Navy and the American Red Cross. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who has been touted this week as a possible 2020 candidate for the White House, was among those affected by the mudslides. Peter Lapidus said the sound of droplets pummeling his home forced him out of bed around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

"Where I am now, which is the east side of my property, I was walking down here and all of my neighbours homes are gutted".

"I have been through some experiences in my life, this is right up there with them, I gotta tell you". "We want those families to know we are here to support them in any way we can". "There's been plenty of cases where they've found people a week after", Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said. He said he went to investigate what turned out to be an explosion at a natural gas line, and came face to face with the mudslide. "We've lost so many lives and it's a tiny community and nobody would've expected, certainly, I did not, that after we survived the fire and the rain came, who would've expected we have this devastation again with the mudslides, and so soon".

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