The second day of a two-day Southern California storm brought wet roads, scattered flooding and fears of mud flows to the Los Angeles area, this as at least five people were killed in mudslides in the the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito.
Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.
— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018
One 14 year old girl, has been rescued from a destroyed home.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says crews are making rescues across the foothill enclave of Montecito northwest of Los Angeles.
He says some of those rescued were buried in mud and debris. Active searches are underway as rain continues to fall from a huge winter storm that has soaked much of the state.
The mudslide also left people trapped in their vehicles and others on rooftops.
“We’re performing multiple rescues. There will be more,” Zaniboni said, adding that some of those brought to safety were buried in mud. There was a backlog of scores of callers requesting help.
The Coast Guard and Santa Barbara County Fire helicopters were deployed to help rescue people.
The mudslide also kept authorities from reaching homes that caught fire due to a ruptured gas line exploding at about 3 a.m. At least one home in the Park Lane area was spotted burning, but firefighters were unable to reach the home to put the flames out.
Crews are working to clear debris from roads across greater Los Angeles, including a key stretch of U.S. 101 that was shut down along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties
To say there are no seasons in California is wrong. Just like the rest of the world, California does, indeed, have four seasons: Wind, Fire, Rain, Mud. The beauty of this cycle is the mudslides are always putting out the fires.
— D. E. Carson (@DECarson) January 9, 2018
Evacuation orders that had been in place in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon areas near the recent Creek Fire burn area were lifted at 10 a.m. The city of Duarte also lifted the evacuation orders that had been in place for about 180 homes near the Fish Fire area, but classes remained canceled for the day at Valley View Elementary School.
Police car stuck in mud being dug out
Voluntary evacuation orders were still in place, however, in Burbank, which upgraded to a mandatory evacuation order for all of Country Club Drive due to the risk of mudflows for the La Tuna Fire area. An evacuation center was established at McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 Glenoaks Blvd.
At Los Angeles International Airport, flooding forced the closure of the customs area in Terminal 2. Arriving international passengers were being bused to the Tom Bradley International Terminal for processing.
Mud slid down a hillside in the Sun Valley area and inundated part of La Tuna Canyon Road south of the 210 Freeway. A Los Angeles police patrol car wound up stuck in the muck, but no injuries were reported.
A flash flood watch will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday across much of the Southland. According to the National Weather Service, rainfall rates of a half- inch to one-inch per hour were possible.
“Rainfall of this intensity can produce dangerous flash flooding,” according to the Weather Service. “Mud and debris flows near recent fires are of particular concern, especially the La Tuna, Creek, Sand and Fish burn areas.”
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