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Heavy rain in California brings huge mudslides and floods

11 January, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Search and Rescue crew works near a car trapped under debris in Montecito Calif. Wednesday Jan. 10 2018. Dozens of homes were swept away or

DeGeneres also wrote on Twitter, "I've love being part of the Montecito community".

About 12 miles of northbound lanes between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara also remain closed. The current death toll of 15 confirmed fatalities could rise, he warned. Elsewhere in the Thomas Fire's massive burn area, Route 33 was shut down north of Ojai - between Fairview and Lockwood roads, the highway patrol said.

Eliason said the extent of the damage has yet to be surveyed, and crews are working to clear roads.

Up to two dozen people are still missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal community, destroying homes, submerging cars, and sweeping everything from the roads as walls of mud rushed down from hillsides destabilised by the bad fires of late November-early December.

A 14-year-old girl was found alive on Tuesday after firefighters using rescue dogs heard cries for help from what was left of her Montecito home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The mudslides were triggered by torrential downpours that unleashed rain on the region, which was hit by last month's mammoth Thomas Fire - the largest wildfire ever recorded in California.

A car sits stranded in flooded water in Montecito Calif. Wednesday Jan. 10 2018. Dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged and several people were killed Tuesday as downpours sent mud

Muniz says a search of the stricken area is continuing.

In an interview with CBS on Wednesday morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said officials are continuing to work to identify and rescue those who are trapped in areas they haven't been able to reach yet. The search for victims is not.

In Montecito, Oprah Winfrey shared Instagram photos of the deep mud in her backyard and rescue helicopters flying overhead.

First responders on Tuesday were plucking people from vehicles trapped in risky flooding and debris triggered by heavy overnight rainfall in California. About 300 people are estimated to be stranded in a single Montecito neighborhood, while 50 others have been rescued from their homes or cards.

She's one of several celebrities who live in the wealthy enclave that was hit the hardest by the storm.



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