"It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds", she said.
The Talk show host and media mogul reflected on the impact of the deadly mudslides, recounting how they dealt with the disaster. Others who were found, or identified among the dead, were crossed off.
On Thursday morning, 17 people were confirmed dead and 16 were missing after the mudslides in Santa Barbara County.
At least 17 people have died as a result of the mudslides, which has destroyed houses and caused substantial damage in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued a plea for information but acknowledged that finding anyone alive would be a "miracle".
Peerawat Sutthithepn, six, died alongside his step-grandfather, Richard Taylor. Winfrey ran into some members of the Venture City Fire Department while on her walk, and the audience applauded as one of them described the area and said that they are still searching for victims. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said.
Emergency crews successfully rescued three people Wednesday, using helicopters to reach residents trapped in canyon areas that were rendered inaccessible by mud, downed power lines and fallen trees.
Crews worked throughout the day Saturday to clear debris basins and officials said there was still a lot more work to be done. Secondary searches also will be conducted in areas that emergency crews were able to access earlier in the week. "To get people here takes time and we're finally getting that request for influx".
"This house is across the street now so we have to search these piles where people could've potentially floated into", he said. Rohter did not survive, but his wife was rescued and said to be in stable condition, the college said in a statement earlier this week.
The destruction covered 30 square miles and more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross are involved in "challenging" search, recovery and relief efforts. On the stretch of the freeway by the Montecito Inn, several feet of mud and rubble collected in the road. Crews with backhoes and jackhammers pulverized enormous boulders that were left when the torrents stopped.
Almost 60 single-family residences were destroyed in Montecito, and 446 others sustained damage, according to an update published Wednesday night by the multi-agency team responding to the devastation. An additional 1,500 homes remain threatened.
With most utilities out of commission or about to be cut off, staying behind was not an option for many. There were just signs everywhere that said thank you and grateful just everywhere saying thank you to the firefighters and first responders. The walls at one end of a home had disappeared, leaving its roof hanging precariously.