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Mudslides And Flooding Kill 13 In Southern California

Firefighters have rescued around 50 people trapped in mud.
Posted at 9:45 PM, Jan 10, 2018

Flooding and mudslides due to heavy rain are to blame for at least 13 deaths in Southern California, says the Santa Barbara County sheriff.

Firefighters have so far rescued 50 people trapped in mud, and emergency responders plan to continue search efforts through the night.

In Montecito, mudflow and debris wiped six homes away from their foundations. Recent wildfires devastated the coastal community, leaving burned areas vulnerable to the dangers of heavy rains.

By early Tuesday afternoon, more than 4 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Santa Barbara County, and more than 5.5 inches in parts of Ventura County. The rain is expected to clear all of the Los Angeles area by late Tuesday.