California: Heavy rain triggers severe mudslides, killing at least 13

California: Heavy rain triggers severe mudslides, killing at least 13

California: Heavy rain triggers severe mudslides, killing at least 13

Some residents said they had "disaster fatigue" after last month's deadly fires.

One person was killed in Los Angeles County when a big rig overturned in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Los Feliz, Saul Gomez, a public information officer for the California Highway Safety Patrol's Southern Divison, said. Three hundred people are also reportedly stuck in their homes, according to the New York Times.

"We've got multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud", said Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief.

"At least several dozen homes. have either been destroyed or severely damaged - and likely many other ones. are in areas that are, as yet, inaccessible", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday.

Eight people are missing following mudslides in the state of California, county officials said Thursday, as rescue workers and search dogs continued to look for victims.

After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil created a water repellent layer which blocked water absorption and led to an increased risk of mudslides and floods.

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The area is home to a number of celebrities, including actor Rob Lowe, chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and TV personality and actor Oprah Winfrey.

Although mandatory evacuations were put into force in some parts of Santa Barbara, only 10% to 15% of residents actually heeded the warnings to flee their homes.

The death toll rose yesterday as searchers pulled two more bodies from the inundated area in the Santa Barbara County enclave of Montecito.

Division Chief of the Montecito Fire Department Kevin Taylor said that emergency services were in "search and rescue mode".

He also warned of "waist-deep mud flow" as well as downed trees and power lines across the area, which have left responders' access severly limited.

In an Instagram post she shared photographs of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters hovering over her house.

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