13 dead in California as mudslides hit wildfire areas  

At least 13 people are dead and 25 injured in Southern California after pouring rain triggered mudslides that swept homes from their foundations and blocked roads, forcing rescue crews to use helicopters to pluck people from rooftops.Multiple bodies were found in mud and debris during the rescue operations on Tuesday in Montecito, 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres. One person was also killed in a weather-related fatality in Los Angeles County.Twenty people were hospitalized and four were described as ‘severely critical’, while an unknown number were unaccounted for. The search for survivors continued into the evening, but authorities warned that their conditions would deteriorate if they got wet.The mud was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding – months after a massive wildfire ravaged the area, stripping vegetation and making mudslides practically inevitable in heavy rains.

Source: 13 dead in California as mudslides hit wildfire areas | Daily Mail Online

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