Firefighters Rescue Girl, 14, From Home Destroyed In Tragic California Mudslides

Firefighters Rescue Girl, 14, From Home Destroyed In Tragic California Mudslides

Firefighters Rescue Girl, 14, From Home Destroyed In Tragic California Mudslides

Montecito has also been been hit by the Thomas fires which ravaged the surrounding Santa Barbara County a few weeks prior. The evacuations were ordered because the mudslides threaten the communities beneath the foothills.

Further complicating matters after people ignored urgent warnings, the Weather Channel reveals how the instantaneous mudflow was "like a dam breaking" that surrounded homes, waist deep.

At Los Angeles International Airport, flooding forced the closure of the customs area in Terminal 2.

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

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"The torrent arrived suddenly and with a sound some likened to a freight train as water carrying rocks and trees washed away cars and trashed homes".

A local official explained that rescuers will first try to determine if survivors are stuck in the structures destroyed.

In addition to the deaths, 17 people are still missing and about two dozen were injured. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbours are going through.' Connors told his Twitter followers: 'Montecito - fires burn - rain comes - mudslides and devastation - evacuated today by helicopter - thoughts and prayers for all!'

The upmarket neighbourhood includes homes owned by celebrities such as actor Rob Lowe, chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Joseph Bleckel had been on the missing list but still the number of people unaccounted is five. Thus, much less rain is needed to cause a flash flood. Caltrans announced that Highway 101, which is still a muddy river, will remain closed until midday Monday.

"The firefighters saved a 14-year-old girl who was stuck for several hours in a destroyed house in Montecito", they added. He and his wife were swept from their home in the mudslide early Tuesday morning. Some victims said they were woken up in the middle of the night by a boring rumble similar to that of a freight train.

The founder of St. Augustine Academy, Roy Rohter, was one of those killed in Ventura County, reported the Los Angeles Times.

With no mandatory evacuation order or apparent need to worry, hundreds of people were caught off guard and ill-prepared for the deadly mudslides that flowed through the area.

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