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LOVED ONES.

NUMBERSS MIGUELALMAGUER IS WITH NUMBERSS MIGUELALMAGUER IS WITHSURVIVORS AND FIRST ALMAGUER IS WITHSURVIVORS AND FIRSTRESPONDERS.

SURVIVORS AND FIRSTRESPONDERS.

>> Reporter: TONIGHT RESPONDERS.

>> Reporter: TONIGHTIN MONTECITO, THIS IS >> Reporter: TONIGHTIN MONTECITO, THIS ISWHAT SEARCH TEAMS ARE IN MONTECITO, THIS IS WHAT SEARCH TEAMS ARE UP AGAINST.

WHAT SEARCH TEAMS ARE UP AGAINST.

30 MILES OF THICK UP AGAINST.

30 MILES OF THICK SLUDGE AND BOULDERS 30 MILES OF THICK SLUDGE AND BOULDERS SEVERAL FEET DEEP.

SLUDGE AND BOULDERS SEVERAL FEET DEEP.

THE UNACCOUNTED FOR SEVERAL FEET DEEP.

THE UNACCOUNTED FOR MISSING SOMEWHERE THE UNACCOUNTED FOR MISSING SOMEWHERE HERE.

MISSING SOMEWHERE HERE.

>> I SAW THE EFFECTS HERE.

>> I SAW THE EFFECTS OF KATRINA AND DURING >> I SAW THE EFFECTS OF KATRINA AND DURING HURRICANE SANDY, AND OF KATRINA AND DURING HURRICANE SANDY, AND IT FELT VERY MUCH LIKE HURRICANE SANDY, AND IT FELT VERY MUCH LIKE THOSE EVENTS.

IT FELT VERY MUCH LIKE THOSE EVENTS.

>> Reporter: IN THE THOSE EVENTS.

>> Reporter: IN THE HARDEST-HIT >> Reporter: IN THE HARDEST-HIT COMMUNITIES THERES HARDEST-HIT COMMUNITIES THERES ONLY ONE WAY IN.

COMMUNITIES THERES ONLY ONE WAY IN.

>> ITS SURREAL.

ONLY ONE WAY IN.

>> ITS SURREAL.

>> Reporter: THIS IS >> ITS SURREAL.

>> Reporter: THIS IS WHATS LEFT OF VICKY >> Reporter: THIS IS WHATS LEFT OF VICKY RISKENS HOME.

WHATS LEFT OF VICKY RISKENS HOME.

>> THATS MY CHIMNEY.

RISKENS HOME.

>> THATS MY CHIMNEY.

>> Reporter: AND AS >> THATS MY CHIMNEY.

>> Reporter: AND AS CLOSE AS WE CAN GET.

>> Reporter: AND AS CLOSE AS WE CAN GET.

>> I THINK THE HARDEST CLOSE AS WE CAN GET.

>> I THINK THE HARDEST THING IS, OF COURSE, >> I THINK THE HARDEST THING IS, OF COURSE, THIS IS AWFUL AND THING IS, OF COURSE, THIS IS AWFUL AND LITERALLY SO SAD NOT THIS IS AWFUL AND LITERALLY SO SAD NOT TO HAVE THIS HOUSE, LITERALLY SO SAD NOT TO HAVE THIS HOUSE, BUT MY COUSIN REBECCA TO HAVE THIS HOUSE, BUT MY COUSIN REBECCA DIED, AND I CANT BUT MY COUSIN REBECCA DIED, AND I CANT REPLACE THAT.

DIED, AND I CANT REPLACE THAT.

SHE WAS THE MOST REPLACE THAT.

SHE WAS THE MOST SPARKLY, JOYOUS SHE WAS THE MOST SPARKLY, JOYOUS PERSON.

SPARKLY, JOYOUS PERSON.

>> Reporter: AFTER PERSON.

>> Reporter: AFTER DISASTER, MONTECITO IS >> Reporter: AFTER DISASTER, MONTECITO IS NOW UNDER EVACUATION DISASTER, MONTECITO IS NOW UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS.

NOW UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS.

THE HILLS ABOVE THIS ORDERS.

THE HILLS ABOVE THIS CITY WERE TORCHED BY THE HILLS ABOVE THIS CITY WERE TORCHED BY FIRE IN DECEMBER.

CITY WERE TORCHED BY FIRE IN DECEMBER.

WITH RECORD RAINS THIS FIRE IN DECEMBER.

WITH RECORD RAINS THIS WEEK, HILLSIDES WITH RECORD RAINS THIS WEEK, HILLSIDES CASCADED ON TO WEEK, HILLSIDES CASCADED ON TO COMMUNITIES BELOW.

CASCADED ON TO COMMUNITIES BELOW.

WAVES OF MUD WASHING COMMUNITIES BELOW.

WAVES OF MUD WASHING THREE MILES OUT TO WAVES OF MUD WASHING THREE MILES OUT TO SEA.

THREE MILES OUT TO SEA.

MATTHEW BROTENS WIFE SEA.

MATTHEW BROTENS WIFE PRISCILLA IS TRAPPED MATTHEW BROTENS WIFE PRISCILLA IS TRAPPED AND EIGHT MONTHS PRISCILLA IS TRAPPED AND EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT.

AND EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT.

>> THE SHERIFF SAID IT PREGNANT.

>> THE SHERIFF SAID IT COULD BE FOUR OR FIVE >> THE SHERIFF SAID IT COULD BE FOUR OR FIVE DAYS, A WEEK BEFORE COULD BE FOUR OR FIVE DAYS, A WEEK BEFORE ANYONE CAN DIG US OUT.

DAYS, A WEEK BEFORE ANYONE CAN DIG US OUT.

>> Reporter: WITH HOPE ANYONE CAN DIG US OUT.

>> Reporter: WITH HOPE FADING THERE WILL BE >> Reporter: WITH HOPE FADING THERE WILL BE MORE RESK USCUES LIKE THIS FADING THERE WILL BE MORE RESK USCUES LIKE THIS ONE, 17 VICTIMS HAVE MORE RESK USCUES LIKE THIS ONE, 17 VICTIMS HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

ONE, 17 VICTIMS HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

THE YOUNGEST NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

THE YOUNGEST 3-YEAR-OLD CEILI THE YOUNGEST 3-YEAR-OLD CEILI BENITEZ DIED WITH HER 3-YEAR-OLD CEILI BENITEZ DIED WITH HER COUSIN JONATHAN.

BENITEZ DIED WITH HER COUSIN JONATHAN.

THE OLDEST 89-YEAR-OLD COUSIN JONATHAN.

THE OLDEST 89-YEAR-OLD JAMES MITCHELL WAS THE OLDEST 89-YEAR-OLD JAMES MITCHELL WAS KILLED WITH HIS WIFE JAMES MITCHELL WAS KILLED WITH HIS WIFE OF 50 YEARS, ALICE.

KILLED WITH HIS WIFE OF 50 YEARS, ALICE.

FOR THEIR FAMILIES, OF 50 YEARS, ALICE.

FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THE CLOSURE THEYVE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THE CLOSURE THEYVE BEEN DREADING FOUND IN THE CLOSURE THEYVE BEEN DREADING FOUND IN A COMMUNITY ALREADY BEEN DREADING FOUND IN A COMMUNITY ALREADY BURIED IN GRIEF.

A COMMUNITY ALREADY BURIED IN GRIEF.

RESCUE TEAMS SAY BURIED IN GRIEF.

RESCUE TEAMS SAY THEYVE SEARCHED THE RESCUE TEAMS SAY THEYVE SEARCHED THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE THEYVE SEARCHED THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEBRIS FIELD, BUT IN VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEBRIS FIELD, BUT IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE DEBRIS FIELD, BUT IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE THIS WHERE ROCKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE THIS WHERE ROCKS AND MUD ARE UP TO ROOF THIS WHERE ROCKS AND MUD ARE UP TO ROOF TOPS GOING HOME TO MUD ARE UP TO ROOF TOPS GOING HOME TO HOME LOOKING FOR TOPS GOING HOME TO HOME LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS IS NEARLY HOME LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.

SURVIVORS IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.

MANY ARE STILL IMPOSSIBLE.

MANY ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR, BUT.