After wildfires, California is facing heavy rains and mudslides

Michele Moreno
January 11, 2018

He also spoke about the damage.

Last month's wildfires, including the Thomas Fire, which became the largest in California history, left the area vulnerable to mudslides.

A winter weather advisory is in place for mountain areas, where officials warned motorists to prepare for hard travel conditions, including gusty winds, low visibility and snow-covered roads.

At least 25 people have been injured and 50 hoist rescues, with dozens of contact rescues, have been performed, Santa Barbara County officials said in a Tuesday afternoon press briefing from Earl Warren Showgrounds.

Officials say Highway 121 between Wild Horse Valley Road and Wooden Valley Road remains closed.

Fox News reports that mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for over 21,000 residents, and CNN adds that mudflow has already "wiped away" three homes near Montecito in Santa Barbara County with rescues ongoing from surrounding structures and vehicles that now sit in precarious positions.

Lowe also posted prayers for mudslide survivors on Twitter after earlier chastising the media for focusing on Winfrey's presidential prospects in 2020 even as residents and rescuers searched for survivors in her neighborhood.

The death toll from the powerful debris flows that hit the Southern California community of Montecito has risen to 15.

A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over. Dozens more people were rescued on the ground, including a mud-caked 14-year-old girl who was pulled from a collapsed home in Montecito where she had been trapped for hours.

A deluge of rain in Southern California triggered mudslides, flooding, and rivers of mud that have killed at least eight and forced thousands to evacuate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Those numbers could increase when the search is expanded Wednesday and search-and-rescue teams reach new areas.

A fire truck drives through the wildfire damaged Coffey Park neighborhood as rain water pools where a home once stood, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif.


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