15 dead in California mudslides

Ellen Degeneres forced out of home due to mudslides

15 dead in California mudslides

Many have taken to social media to document the devastating effects of the mudslides.

At least 13 people have been killed and 25 injured in the torrential rain and mudslides that hit Southern California this week.

Montecito is located in Santa Barbara County, California. "And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.it's catastrophic".

Roy Rohter has been confirmed to be deceased, according to KEYT News.

"In disaster circumstances, there have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days".

Oprah Winfrey posted video on Instagram this week showing debris from the mudslide by her property, saying a fence was destroyed.

Forecasts of rain meant the authorities did issue an evacuation order in Santa Barbara county in case of mudslides, but it is estimated only around 10 to 15% of people in the area obeyed the warning. Eight people remain unaccounted for, authorities said.

Montecito, S. Barbara Co, CA - At least 15 people have been killed and more than two dozen injured as a vast area northwest of Los Angeles, recently scorched in the state's largest wildfire on record, became the scene of another disaster on Tuesday, as a driving rainstorm, the heaviest in almost a year, triggered floods and mudslides.

15 dead in California mudslides

"All hell broke loose", said Peter Hartmann, a dentist who moonlights as a news photographer for the local website Noozhawk.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said emergency personnel notified residents in the evacuation zone on Monday evening.

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito home.

"The weather is very favorable for all continued rescue efforts, and we are all still very hopeful that other trapped people will be found alive by the hardworking crews", he said.

"I have lived here my whole life", said Melissa Ausanka-Crues, 29, a nurse. Along Montecito's Coast Village Road, the mudslide overturned trees and covered the pavement.

Fires clear leaves and decomposing plant debris which would normally soak up the rainwater, and can also change the composition of the soil, making it repel water.

The mud was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, where hillsides were stripped of vegetation last month by the biggest wildfire on record in California, a 440-square-mile blaze that destroyed 1,063 homes and other structures.

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