13 dead, several injured in southern California mudslides and heavy rain

13 dead, several injured in southern California mudslides and heavy rain

Kerry Wise
January 11, 2018

The Santa Barbara Fire Department was scrambling in the debris and mudflows to recover survivors of the disaster throughout the day.

Both companies offer trips northbound from the Ventura Harbor, at 1415 Spinnaker Dr., and southbound from the Santa Barbara Harbor, at 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.

Officials are warning that the death toll is likely to rise.

"I think most people are really shocked at the extent of the damage and how big the impact was to the area", he said.

Flash flooding and risky mudslides have swiftly become dangers, and residents are once again being forced to evacuate from their communities.

Evacuation orders that had been in place in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon areas near the recent Creek Fire burn area were lifted at 10 a.m.

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.

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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 awful fires of late November-early December.

Mud and debris from Southern California's wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighborhoods and onto a highway Tuesday during a rainstorm, killing six people and sweeping homes from their foundations.

Rescue teams helping those affected, as well as search for other people who may be missing.

"While we hope it will not, we expect that this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over.

Damaged homes, mud and debris near Randall Road.

Environmental tragedy struck Southern California once again Tuesday, this time in the form of deadly mudslides that poured over land torched in a historic wildfire last month and into several dozen homes, killing at least 15 and injuring dozens more.