Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday.
Officials have now confirmed the mudslides have claimed at least 15 lives, while dozens more are missing.
The slides are the result of a powerful storm hitting the same area recently scarred by the largest wildfire in state history.
Many homes have been completely pulverized by fast-moving rocks, trees, and thick mud. Cars have been plucked out of swamps and roads have been closed.
What we know about the mudslides so far:— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 10, 2018
- 15 people dead
- 7,000 people evacuated
- 300 people stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon neighborhood
For more: https://t.co/2CvsTXK0ie pic.twitter.com/ABbyTgv3TR
House in tree. Montecito pic.twitter.com/Cm3q0LBcSJ— Joe Mozingo (@joemozingo) January 10, 2018
#CAstorm- Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito following deadly runoff of mud and debris from heavy rain overnight. pic.twitter.com/x65pZhIeRk— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018