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15 Dead in California after Mudslides and Flooding

posted Jan 12, 2018, 7:14 AM by PHS Warrior Beat
By:Dylan Peterson
Heavy rains early Tuesday caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the seaside community of Montecito just weeks after a massive wildfire scarred the region.

“Montecito alone saw heavy rainfall in a short amount of time. About a third of the rain that has fallen in the last 24 hours in Montecito fell in just 5 minutes” According to ABC News.

Since many acres of woods and homes were burned to ash a few weeks ago, the large amount of rain had nowhere to go except to rivers and creeks. The waterways overflowed and the destruction began.

     As the mud rushed into lower-lying neighborhoods in Montecito, a wealthy community where many celebrities have homes, the power went out and gas lines were destroyed. Officials said Tuesday night that it could be several days before gas service would be fixed. The power failures were affecting more than 6,000 homes and businesses in the area, adding that many parts of Montecito were without drinkable water.
A day after the devastating mudslides 300 people were trapped in the Romero Canyon area of Montecito because debris was blocking their way out of the neighborhood and 15 people were found dead with many more missing.

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Uploaded: 1/12/17

                                                                                                                Sources: http://abcnews.go.com/US/southern-california-wildfires-paved-deadly-mudslides/story?id=52257400