Firefighters Rescue Girl Trapped for Hours in House Destroyed by Mudslide

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2018

There was a backlog of scores of callers requesting help.

The blazes leveled entire neighborhoods, killing 44 people and destroying more than 8,900 homes and other buildings.

Zaniboni says "multiple" homes were destroyed and residents are unaccounted for in neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent fires.

Crews are working to clear debris from roads across greater Los Angeles, including a key stretch of US 101 that was shut down along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 700 homes in sections of Los Angeles County that burned last month in the biggest wildfire on record in California.

Flooding near La Conchita has prompted the closure of parts of US Route 101 in Ventura County, the sheriff's office there said Tuesday morning.

Crews are working to clear debris from a key stretch of USA 101 that was shut down along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Lingering showers are expected Tuesday, but forecasters say the storm would exit the region by the evening. "Heavy rains have triggered massive runoff", Mike Eliason, a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said on Twitter. Similar amounts were reported across that county.

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Other pictures showed ankle-deep mud, logs, boulders and other debris in residential areas.

The downpour is overpowering a terrain especially vulnerable in the wake of recent fires.The Thomas Fire - the largest wildfire in California's recorded history - has burned more than 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties since it began in early December.

Details about her condition were not immediately available. Evacuations were ordered in those foothill neighborhoods Monday because of mudslide fears. "More flash flooding possible Montecito/Carpinteria", a message on Santa Barbara County's website reads.

The first significant storm of the season walloped much of the state with damaging winds and thunderstorms.

First responders on Tuesday were plucking people from vehicles trapped in unsafe flooding and debris triggered by heavy overnight rainfall in California.

Water and debris in lanes shut down coastal USA 101 and traffic accidents on rain-slicked roadways across the region slowed the Tuesday morning commute to a crawl. Santa Barbara County issued an evacuation order on Monday for residents living below the burn areas of the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey fires.

Forecasters issued flash flood warnings and predicted that the cold front with powerful winds could bring higher rain totals to downtown Los Angeles than seen in the past 10 months.

A winter weather advisory was in place for mountain areas, where officials warned motorists to prepare for hard travel conditions, including gusty winds, low visibility and snow-covered roads.

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