A Huge Mudslide Just Tore Through California. This Is The Aftermath


In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito, Calif. following deadly runoff of mud and debris from heavy rain on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Winfrey also showed two firefighters in action on the FaceTime call and she and DeGeneres profusely thanked them for their service.

The quickest way for your donation to assist Direct Relief is by donating directly on their website and directing your donation to the "Southern California Fires & Mudslides" on its drop-down menu. I'm heartbroken for our community of Montecito. "It's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds".

Heavy rains triggered the mudslides in an area ravaged a month before by wildfires.

DeGeneres explained that on January 7, she was told there was a mandatory evacuation in her neighborhood following heavy rains.

County officials have already ordered residents in most of the southeastern corner of Montecito, an unincorporated community east of the city of Santa Barbara, to leave their homes for what they said was likely to be one or two weeks to aid the search and recovery efforts.

Bridges said his house took a hit.

Finally, this video of a Toyota Prius being swept away as a river of mud began flowing down a street in Burbank gives you an idea of how powerful these slides can be. "Our goal is to actually rescue people". People are trying to locate missing people.

O'Dea said his house was turned into a staging ground for the Ventura County Search and Rescue.

"Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard 'a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was. boulders moving as the mud was rising'". "After everything we've been through, I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious, but exactly what they feared happened".

Since Tuesday, hundreds of emergency workers, friends and family, have been trudging through mud looking for people amidst the destruction. "It is beyond recognizable".

"I was walking down here and all of my neighbors' homes are gutted". "We want those families to know we are here to support them in any way we can". "It's as devastating as can be".

The devastation affected an area estimated at 30 square miles, according to Cal Fire. "We certainly hope there are going to be far fewer than that". We're going to come together and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time. "That is why we have the canines to help us assist in those efforts to either sniff out or guide us to areas potentially that could have other people that need assistance and rescue".



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