After wildfires, California is facing heavy rains and mudslides

After wildfires, California is facing heavy rains and mudslides

The mudslides have caused a number of roads to be closed, including the major Highway 101, making much of the affected areas inaccessible to the rescue workers.

Winfrey, 63, took to Instagram to share photos and videos of her home in Montecito, Calif., which has been damaged by the natural disaster.

Devastating mudslides in California last night has now killed 17 people as rescuers frantically search for survivors.

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Numerous locations worst affected by the storm had previously been devastated by the worst wildfire in California history, increasing worries about the possibility of mudslides in and around the freshly burned areas as the storm approached Monday. As of January 10, 13 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured.

"While we hope it will not, we expect this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are missing and unaccounted for", said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

A 14-year-old girl who was trapped for hours inside a California home destroyed by mudflows was safely pulled out of the rubble by firefighters Tuesday morning, according to KTLA.

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After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because scorched earth does not absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there are no shrubs. Cars are stuck in the mud, intersections inundated with flood water and in Burbank, a debris basin is partially collapsing. The massive debris flow also destroyed eight commercial properties.

The most impacted area has been Montecito, the wealthiest community in Santa Barbara county. "We have had mandatory evacuations", DeGeneres said.

The heavy rain in the region came after the recent wildfires that hit California.

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Emergency helicopters airlifted about 50 people to safety on Tuesday, according to Kevin Taylor of the Montecito Fire Department. Woke up to this blazing gas fire. then swipe left to see how deep the mud is in my backyard.

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