At least 8 people dead after mudslides hit fire-ravaged California community

Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, search for survivors

Most residents ignored voluntary evacuation before mudslides

This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a home that has been buried in flood debris in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

DeGeneres also wrote on Twitter, "I've love being part of the Montecito community". The current death toll of 15 confirmed fatalities could rise, he warned.

The death toll in weather-related incidents in Santa Barbara County has risen to 15 early Wednesday, after a storm led to unsafe mudflows in the Thomas Fire burn area. Southern California was also the site of tremendous wildfires in December 2017 that killed two people, destroyed 300 acres of forest and caused $3 billion in damages - making them the most destructive fires in California history.

Mud and debris from Southern California's wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighborhoods and onto a highway Tuesday during a rainstorm, killing six people and sweeping homes from their foundations.

Flash flooding and unsafe mudslides have swiftly become dangers, and residents are once again being forced to evacuate from their communities.




The man, who has not been identified, was found dead inside the vehicle.

Other road closures were put in place due to mandatory evacuation orders or more minor flooding issues throughout the county, and the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department has a running list of active road closures here. The search for victims is not.

At least 13 people have died in deadly mudslides in California after torrential rain sent boulders and mud coursing down the slopes above a residential community in Santa Barbara.

Those numbers could increase when the search is expanded Wednesday and search-and-rescue teams reach new areas. Firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, where she had been trapped for hours.

She's one of several celebrities who live in the wealthy enclave that was hit the hardest by the storm.

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