2 killed by mudslides in California storms

U.S. 101 Swamped in Southern California

00:30U.S. 101 Swamped in Southern California Mudslides and floodwaters close U.S. 101 in Southern California

Five bodies were found in and around Montecito, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni said.

Heavy rain in Southern California has triggered mudslides and debris flow in parts of the state scarred by recent wildfires, leaving people trapped in homes and cars as highways were shut down in the dark early Tuesday morning. There was a backlog of dozens of callers requesting help.

The blaze left 44 people dead and almost 9,000 homes and other buildings destroyed.

Several houses were destroyed, and residents were unaccounted for in neighborhoods hard to reach because of downed trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for flash flooding "for much of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties", with rainfall rates as high as an inch and a half per hour.

Photos of vehicles stuck in mud in Los Angeles County and nearby areas dotted Twitter feeds. The AP reports that the Ventura County's Sheriff's Office says "jail inmates have been filling sandbags at the rate of 2,000 a day".

Eliason said the extent of the damage has yet to be surveyed, and crews are working to clear roads.

Lingering showers are expected Tuesday, but forecasters say the storm would exit the region by the evening.

Other pictures showed ankle-deep mud, logs, boulders and other debris in residential areas.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a home that has been buried in flood debris in Montecito Calif. Tuesday Jan. 9 2018. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods
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Details about her condition were not immediately available.

"We're performing multiple rescues". Evacuations were ordered in those foothill neighborhoods Monday because of mudslide fears.

Thousands are without power in and around Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles.

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

Record-breaking rains began drenching northern cities like San Francisco and Sacramento on Monday, just after families in the area were given the go ahead to return home after the state's largest wildfire in history, ABC News reported.

At least three homes in Santa Barbara County have been completely destroyed, the county's fire department spokesperson Mike Eliason told HuffPost, and local reporters said at least two people had been killed.

Traffic accidents have slowed the Tuesday morning commute to a crawl across the region, including along coastal US 101 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Storms brought rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities in devastated northern wine country and authorities to order evacuations farther south for towns below hillsides burned by the state's largest-ever wildfire.


Forecasters issued flash flood warnings and predicted that the cold front with powerful winds could bring higher rain totals to downtown Los Angeles than seen in the past 10 months.

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