>> The search continues Wednesday for victims of the devastating Southern California mudslide which slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles in the Santa Barbara area, killing at least 15 people>> I think most people are really shocked at the extent of the damage and how big the impact was to the area.
>> Rescue efforts now focusing on the upscale community of Montecito. It's unknown how many remain trapped with self service gas, electricity, and water services all down. The area is also home to many celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, who posted this video to social media of her walking through her backyard.
>> So there used to be a fence right here. That's my neighbor's house, devastated.>> Ellen DeGeneres shared a photo of brown sludge dotted by buildings, writing quote, this is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. And former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman added another of a scene blanketed by mud.
Helicopters have airlifted more than 50 people after torrential downpour Tuesday, stranded some residents in mud coated rubble. The mudslides are part of a severe one-two punch dealt to Southern California which suffered the deadly Thomas Fire just weeks ago, the largest wildfire in the state's history. The blaze left the area vulnerable to mudslides by burning away grass and shrubs that hold the soil in place, preventing water from sinking deeply into the ground.