Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges among those impacted by mudslides

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges among those impacted by mudslides

The hard-hit community of Montecito, where many homes were destroyed by mudslides, was under new evacuation orders Thursday evening. "13 lives lost. #Mudslides".

A prominent Newfoundlander says he made a harrowing escape from the California mudslides that killed at least 17 people and wiped out homes and roads.

Rebecca Riskin, 61. Founder of real estate agency Riskin Partners; former dancer with American Ballet Theater in NY.

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"Floodwaters and mudslides destroyed 65 homes and damaged 462 other residences", spokeswoman Susan Klein-Rothschild said Thursday, according to CNN. I walked out back, you know, where we share a fence line and the neighbors out back they're houses are gone.

The Montecito mudslides have taken 17 victims and among those, four children have been confirmed dead.

Riskin was a professional ballerina before she become known as the first lady of luxury real estate.

"She's leaving a huge void". She was a dear friend.

She said the 61-year-old took joy in pairing the ideal home with the flawless family and, in her personal time, loved cooking, going for long walks and spending movie nights with family. But she was exhausted, as were many here after the warnings, the evacuations, the close calls and the worry of recent weeks. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 1979, where she began selling high-end real-estate on the city's west side.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Grand; son Robert (Fernanda) Riskin; daughter, Julia Riskin, and grandson Lucca.

Montecito alone saw heavy rainfall in a short amount of time.

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"This is the department's highest priority, and we are working in close coordination with incident command to get the job done as safely and quickly as possible".

Unfortunately, there was no place to go. His wife, Theresa, was injured in the mudslide that killed him.

"The winds were just insane".

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning (local time), catching numerous victims entirely off-guard. All are residents of Montecito and range in age from 3 to 89.

Ellen said as predicted by the authorities, the rain caused heavy mudslides in Montecito.

For others, the grim reality was just beginning as workmen dug through the debris. "It's nearly like being blind-folded and poking around in the dark".

A member of the Long Beach Search and Rescue team looks for survivors in a auto in Montecito.

"The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked [like] was it looked like a World War I battlefield", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said of the mudslides. The likelihood is increasing that we'll be finding bodies, not survivors.

"It goes without saying how incredibly devastating this time is for their loved ones", Brown said. She posted a video to her Instagram page showing the level of damage around her home.

After the Thomas Fire, the largest in state history, burned through the Santa Barbara area last month, fire crews anticipated that conditions would be ripe for massive mud and debris slides once rains came later in the season.

Monday, emergency officials again told residents of much of Montecito to leave.

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