The home's garage was destroyed and the cars were swept away.
"Most of those homes, I would say, do not have flood insurance", Kelly Mahan Herrick, a local real estate agent, told NBC News.
Anderson says the number of personnel searching ravaged neighbourhoods has doubled over the past day to 1,250.
The death toll from mudslides in California has increased to 17 with another 8 people still missing. As People reports, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez was the youngest of the children taken by the tragedy.
Sometime after 2am on Tuesday, intense rain washed down vast amounts of loose soil and rock from the hillsides surrounding Santa Barbara.
"In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days. So our missing list is down to five", Brown said.
"But realistically we suspect that we are going to continue to have discovery of people who were killed in this incident".
The mudslides also injured almost 30 people and destroyed about 100 homes in the Montecito area between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Padres National Forest.More news: Stocks to Lookout For: Huntsman Corporation (HUN), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA)
"We have a yard to redo and hopefully our insurance will help out with that, but the people across from me, newer homes, gone", said Garrett Speirs, a 54-year-old artist who has been living in Montecito for 20 years.
"Roy believed intensely in the power of a Catholic education", St. Augustine Headmaster Michael Van Hecke, said this week.
From above, thrashed areas of town appeared awash in a sea of brown mud, with only the tallest trees standing and some homes buried up to their roofs.
The SDFD California Task Force 8 canine search and rescue mission ready package team was scheduled to depart Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Billy Grokenberger lives in a part of Montecito that was under a voluntary evacuation order.
The fires burned most vegetation, leaving flawless conditions for the latest disaster to unfold. ". We didn't take it serious (ly) enough".
"(In) four minutes the water was through our wall and in our house, nearly to the second story", he said. "It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful". The natural disaster was caused by heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday in areas exposed by the big fire in California last month. It wasn't fully contained until this week.
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Pitney said many rescues were still happening Wednesday and Thursday, but most if not all were of people who were safe but just wanted to get out of the area.
Ellen Degeneres posted a photo of the flooded 101 highway near her home, with the caption: "This is not a river".
"(But) no storm brings down everything that is susceptible.
Tom Oschner, who had come to check on the remains of his sister's house said the destruction was devastating.
What can be done? In Burbank, a debris basin partially collapsed.
Short term, making the public ready to evacuate during heavy rains is key, he said.
"It's just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven't heard from them - we have to find them", said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents' home was wrecked by the torrent of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into the coastal town of Montecito in Santa Barbara County early Tuesday.More news: Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores turns down move to Stoke City