The warning was re, like a curse. The fire-destroying cycle in sourn California was not over. The huge amount of Burnt mountain in December made foreseeable winter rains very dangerous. The rains arrived this Monday, and in first 24 hours balance is of at least 13 dead and more than a score of wounded in various landslides, floods and mountains of mud that have taken entire houses ahead.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, north of Los Angeles, reported past two on Tuesday afternoon, local time, that at least eight people have lost ir lives as a result of a flood of mud and debris that swept dawn of a neighborhood of Mon Tea, a seaside resort. The firefighters were still in afternoon looking for people in middle of a quagmire.Enlarge Photo A street in Montecito, California, on Tuesday. Michael Owen Baker AP
At least 25 people have been injured by flood, which fell on houses at 2:30 in morning of Tuesday. The area was not within those who had received orders of compulsory evacuation. At least half a hundred people have been rescued by firefighters and six houses were "completely swept from ground," said sheriff's spokesman, Kelly Hoover, quoted by KTLA station.
Montecito was one of localities surrounded by flames of baptized fire Thomas, which devastated for more than 20 days a boundary area between counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara. The fire (which is officially still active) burned 114,000 hectares and is largest in California history since re are records, a century ago. The towns that were threatened by this and or fires in December are ones most alert to rains that are undoing mountain without vegetation to stop m.
In addition to Thomas fire area, authorities are awaiting possible problems in near vicinity of Los Angeles. There have been orders to evacuate homes near hills razed in fires of Sylmar and Tujunga, Bel Air and San Diego.
The rain was also causing major traffic problems this Tuesday. A section of 101 Highway at height of Ventura had to be cut after being covered with mud and rubble. A truck flipped through rain on Highway 5 at height of Los Feliz, within Los Angeles, and in accident a person died.
This is not a river. This is 101 Freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support. Pic.twitter.com/jRNCBrp4b5— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018
TV star Ellen de Generes, who has a house in Montecito, put a photo on Twitter of buried highway saying, "This is not a river. It's 101 highway in my neighborhood right now. "