California mudslide death toll has risen to 17 with many missing

California mudslide death toll has risen to 17 with many missing

At least 13 people have died after mudslides in Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A group of around 300 people were reportedly trapped in Romero Canyon, east of Santa Barbara.

In an Instagram post, the star showed video of her walking in mud past her ankles in her backyard, as well as an image of an early-morning gas fire she said she woke up to on Tuesday.

United States talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are among the residents of the community and both have taken to social media to describe what they've seen.

The body count as of Wednesday was 15, with 25 reported injured and 50 having to be rescued.

ROTT: Anderson says those rescue efforts are expected to continue until everyone is found.

"At least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted a request on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown for expanded financial aid that was first allocated for the Thomas Fire, the governor's office said in a statement.

Heavy rain run-off caused mudflow in the community of Montecito, where some homes were knocked from their foundations, the BBC quoted Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason as saying.


Helicopters, rescue dogs and swift-water rescue teams were aiding the search, which was slowed by closed roads and downed trees and power lines. Santa Barbara County has opened a center to help people looking for their loved ones.

Rescue personnel still have areas to search, Brown said.

Authorities confirmed Wednesday 7,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders, while 23,000 have voluntarily evacuated their homes.

"I work in LA, but I consider Montecito my home".

A mud-caked 14-year-old girl was among the dozens rescued on the ground Tuesday.

Evacuations were ordered for about 700 residences.

She stood in mud as she said she was "devastated" by the damage to her neighbour's house. About a half inch per hour is enough to start mudslides, said Robbie Monroe of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The mud was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, where hillsides were stripped of vegetation last month by the biggest wildfire on record in California, a 440-square-mile blaze that destroyed 1,063 homes and other structures.

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