After the apocalyptic fires, now a powerful mudslide tore through Southern California on Tuesday, shutting down highways and leaving at least five people dead in its wake as confirmed by the Associated Press. The natural disaster occurred in the Montecito area, known for its A-list residents like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, after the region received over 5 inches of rain on Tuesday, causing the over-saturated hillsides to send massive runoff rushing onto Highway 101 below. Multiple homes were reportedly ripped from their foundations by the powerful mudslide, while other homes in the area burned down due to a gas line explosion related to the storm.
A woman named Susan, who is a 40-year-resident of the area and witnessed the destruction, told the outlet that the mudslide was so loud it sounded “like a freight train, rattling her doors. She added you could hear the boulders coming down and cracking against each other. It must have been so scary.
Multiple homes in the area reportedly remain without power, while residents are still trapped in their houses and vehicles waiting for rescuers to bring them to safety.