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Number Of People Considered Missing In Montecito Flooding Reduced From 43 To Five

More than 1200 people are involved in ongoing search and rescue efforts in the Montecito area

Even as search efforts continue for victims of Tuesday's flash flooding in Santa Barbara County, the number of people still being sought has been radically downsized.

Thursday night, officials said 43 people were missing.  Friday morning, the number has been downscaled to five.  They say the numbers will continue to change, noting that some people reported missing didn't know they were on the list, and were staying with family, friends, or in motels.  Meanwhile, the number has been going up at times because people have realized they haven't heard from a relative, friend, or neighbor.

The around the clock search efforts have continued to grow, with more than 1200 people now involved.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.