At Least 15 Dead In California Mudslides [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars.

The torrential rainstorm that set off the disaster cleared out and was no longer a hindrance as searchers made their way across a landscape strewn with boulders and covered in cement-like mud shoulder-high in some places.

“Right now our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

CNN reports:

Heavy rains early Tuesday caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the seaside community of Montecito just weeks after a massive wildfire scarred the region.

On Wednesday morning, 300 people were trapped in the Romero Canyon area of Montecito because debris was blocking their way out of the neighborhood, Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Yaneris Muniz said.

“We can’t get to them, and they can’t get to us. … Once we have daybreak, you will see helicopters start rescuing people there,” Muniz said. Thomas Tighe told CNN affiliate KCAL he was outside his Montecito home and heard “a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was … boulders moving as the mud was rising.”

  • Joe in PA

    Cue the haters…pay back for legalizing pot. 🙁

  • Leo
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Pssst. It’s a secret, but I can tell you their first names were Andrei, Mikhail, Sergei and Ivan.
      —- the very stable genius

      • Harley

        And were probably sold at 500% above market value, you know, because of “adoptions.”

  • Smokey

    Having slogged through several floods I appreciate the difficulties faced by residents and responders. With climate change though FEMA should be encouraging no rebuilding in areas that will continue to be vulnerable.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      ^ This, So this ^

    • ColdCountry

      Problem is, there will be less and less space available as time and CC goes on. And those flood plains are fertile farming land, so the workers should live close by. I think we need to go back to being nomadic. Maybe what the earth needs is a reset – she certainly seems to be trying.

  • misterjack

    It’s supposed to drop below zero, again, this weekend. The huz wants to retire to CA someday (Central Coast) but I see these stories and think, “hmmm, maybe twenty below isn’t so bad.”

    • Butch

      Forty degrees and raining today with a prediction of minus 6 on Saturday. It seems like no matter where you go you’re going to pick your disaster so we’re staying put.

      • misterjack

        I keep sending California Disaster Vids to my better half, but he remains unwavered in his desire to someday Go West. Ugh.

        • canoebum

          Viva! Viva! Las Vegas!

          • Hue-Man

            Heavy flooding has been reported around the valley, especially near The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip. Avoid the area.

          • danolgb

            That area floods every time it rains.

          • jerry

            That’s the hotel I stayed at last time in Vegas. Even though it didn’t rain the entire time I was there, that pictured alley between the hotels had water run-off from the mountains every day. The shuttle bus dock was there, and we had to go to Harrah’s for the ride back to the airport, because that alley was flooded that morning up over the loading dock.

          • canoebum

            It happens in all desert areas. But since 1985, Clark County has been installing a massive, multi-billion dollar flood control system which has greatly improved safety throughout the entire valley. It even extends into the outlying areas of the county. Unless you buy a house in a low-lying area or near a channel, the likelihood of being negatively effected is small. Lots of houses can be found on small hills and rises.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          I sent off an email to a cousin in Minnesota. I told her it’s crazy out here. We only moved here for a job.

      • stuckinthewoods

        After inheriting properties in Florida and Hawaii, yours was the same conclusion we came to. Every place has its own peculiar problems.

        • ColdCountry

          Yup. My sister would rather stop her evacuation to fight the wildfire at the end of her driveway than go through our winters. Nope.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Blizzard conditions here for tonight, they seem uncertain about snow amounts but are never wrong about wind & cold predictions.

    • TuuxKabin

      It isn’t. From the bay area. Don’t miss it. Just the friends and we get to visit.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    We could turn this into a tourism ad campaign: “California — Even our deaths are like the movies and more exciting than yours.” Would you rather go in a giant mudslide or forest fire, or die of boredom in the Walmart parking lot in South Bend?


      Since you put it that way………

    • netxtown

      I spent 3 years in SoCal…and it is nice and all, but damn! The hellish disasters are one after the other. So, i moved into hell of another kind: texas.

  • Jefe5084

    Damn. It’s one thing after another.

    • Silver Badger

      That’s life in general.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Not that you’d wish this on anyone, but Montecito is a very wealthy enclave. They have the resources to get on with their lives.

    • Harley

      But they are the ones who take taxpayer money anyway because it’s “other people’s money.”

    • danolgb

      Way to ignore the part about the dead people.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      They need to be alive to do that.

    • TuuxKabin

      Do you ever have anything positive, pleasant to say? I won’t be finding out. New Year’s resolution, eliminate as much negativity as possible. Blocked.

  • zhera

    All So-Cal people, please report! We need to know you’re ok!

    • Scott Carpenter

      I’m about 35 miles south of there, and wondering if my last house is still in one piece. Had a work meeting yesterday missing 3 people who couldn’t get here because of the closed freeway. And for some reason the thing that’s haunting me is the 14 year old trapped in the debris of her house for hours, and we’ve still heard nothing about the rest of her family.

      • zhera

        Glad you’re ok! Material loss is bad, but nothing when it comes to lives. Stay safe!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Tragic and unfortunately will probably get more severe as the climate changes weather patterns. Shades of things to come.

    • ColdCountry

      The cycle of wildfires and mudslides has always been there for CA, but it is getting worse. That and more and more people are building where our ancestor knew not to.

  • ColdCountry

    We knew that was coming. Those canyons are beautiful, but they can be death traps, and as for building big houses on steep hills with no bedrock below, well, I think our nomadic ancestors had the right idea – leave when the conditions are wrong. Too bad current society and economics preclude that.

  • JWC

    wow any word from Trump

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Living in a place with icy grey winters and stiflingly hot humid summers, I’m still envious of anyone who gets to live in Santa Barbara County.

  • JCF