"All of my neighbors' homes are gutted", Winfrey says, after saying she initially thought her property was fine. "So it's as devastating as it can be". The affluent area is a draw for the wealthy and other stars such as actor Rob Lowe and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who have homes there as well.
"One of the things that I want to talk about is you know, we've had these awful fires all over California and one of the hardest hit areas is where I live in Montecito". DeGeneres broadcast the FaceTime call on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where she described the experiences of the "tight-knit" community where 17 people have died and as of late Thursday eight people were still unaccounted for. Yellow bulldozers were clearing the roads of tonnes of sticky brown mud in Montecito and other towns as utility workers restored downed power lines. I love that community so much. I never had a vaccination. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people form all backgrounds and there are families missing". "I got back over the holidays and I just drove around".More news: Short Term Outlook For The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW)
Oprah Winfrey offered prayers Tuesday to her neighbors in Santa Barbara affected by a powerful rainstorm that sent mud and debris flowing through neighborhoods recently under siege by wildfire.
Emotional, DeGeneres expressed her love for her "small-town" community.
Tom Oschner, who had come to check on the remains of his sister's house said the destruction was devastating.More news: Starc likely to return in Sydney
The Finding Dory actress also shared that her father "was very funny" and she believes that she and her brother, Vance, "got our sense of humour from him". "Ellen can literally go knock on her door for a cup of sugar". This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now.
Among those winched to safety was a 14-year-old girl, who was rescued from a collapsed house in Montecito.More news: Mohamed Salah back in Liverpool training ahead of Manchester City clash