Mudslides And Flooding Kill 13 In Southern California

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

Mr Brown said the amount of debris is making it hard for rescue crews to reach people trapped in their homes.

The sheriff said "at least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible".

Residents in Los Angeles County were also under mandatory evacuation orders due to possible mudslides in areas burned in December, including the scars of the Skirball Fire that burned near Mulholland Drive and the Creek Fire that burned near Sylmar.

"We're finding people continuously", said Yaneris Muniz, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Joint Information Centre.

A spokesperson for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital said 27 patients were treated and released or admitted to the hospital from with storm-related injuries.

The Coast Guard, National Guard and a search-and-rescue team from nearby Los Angeles County have joined the rescue effort.

The wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres.

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The video above shows the dramatic footage of 14-year-old Lauren Cantin being rescued by firefighters after a massive mudslide hit Montecito, California.

At least 17 people have died and 13 are still unaccounted for following mudslides in Montecito, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson said: "The water was moving at 15 miles an hour, taking everything in its wake, dropping boulders and debris, clogging culverts, knocking out pipes,".

Together with the loss of vegetation, this can increase the risk of mudslides and floods. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, down trees, power lines, wrecked cars - lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes", he said.

Gigi and Bella Hadid, who are from Santa Barbara, also posted images of Montecito covered in mud and submerged underwater.

The Thomas fire scorched much of the region last month in what was the largest wildfire ever recorded in California.

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