thorities have made a plea for the public's help in locating four people still missing after deadly mudslides came crashing down hills in Southern California on Tuesday. At least 20 people were killed. And officials now acknowledge that finding the missing people alive in Santa Barbara County would be a miracle.
>> I never heard anything that->> Lalo Barajas lost his partner, Peter, when a torrent of mud slid down a hill, trembling their entire house.>> The mud just broke through the glass. And I ran past and I went back to where Peter was at. And he yelled to me, get up on something high, get up to higher ground.
So we both jumped up on a bathroom counter and it was not even maybe 15 seconds after that, that the walls just burst open, the mud came in. And the last thing Peter yelled out to me was Grab onto some wood, and don't let go. And that was the last I heard of him
>> Authorities say the missing people lived in heavily damaged areas. One of those being th affluent neighborhood of Montecito, which in December, was scorched by the biggest wildfire in the states history. This week, mad reached the roof lines of many houses here, and residents in the most Southeastern corner are being told to leave for up to two weeks as to not interfere with the challenging rescue and recovery operation which now have thousands of personnel taking part from local State and Federal agencies.