Before and After Photos Show Extent of Southern California Mudslide, Flood Damage

11 January, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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"We're performing multiple rescues", Zaniboni said, adding that some of those brought to safety were buried in mud.

Drivers should avoid non-essential travel and use I-5 as an alternate route, Caltrans said.

About 12 miles of northbound lanes between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara also remain closed. At least 100 homes were destroyed and 15 people killed. He also spoke about the damage.

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. Twenty-eight injuries have been reported.

Southern California has only begun to recover from half a dozen major infernos, including the Thomas Fire, which became the state's largest wildfire in history while turning paradise into a "war zone" and raging through the holidays.

Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday.

Although officials ordered an estimated 30,000 people to evacuate, many stayed, saying they were frustrated by official evacuation efforts during December's wildfires.


Two cars washed downhill in a rain-driven mudslide are seen in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018.

The man, who has not been identified, was found dead inside the auto.

Oprah Winfrey's property in Santa Barbara, Calif., is one of the many homes damaged by deadly mudslides and flash floods in the area.

"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.

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

A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over.

First responders on Tuesday were plucking people from vehicles trapped in risky flooding and debris triggered by heavy overnight rainfall in California.

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