Five still missing in mudslides
The number of people missing since debris-laden flash floods and mudslides smashed through the community of Montecito in southern California is now five, authorities have said, down from as many as 43 on Thursday.
Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said the number had dropped because many people were located, but it could continue to fluctuate.
She said some missingperson reports are rapidly cleared while others take a long time to resolve.
The number of confirmed deaths remains at 17.
Ms Anderson said the number of personnel searching ravaged neighbourhoods has doubled over the past day to 1,250.
Left: a Los Angeles County urban search and rescue team, left, search a neighbourhood hit by flooding.