Mudslides in California Burn Areas Trap Residents and Leave Thousands Without Power

Montecito Residents Without Power After Powerful Mudslide

Crews worked 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.

The blaze left 44 people dead and almost 9,000 homes and other buildings destroyed.

Several houses were destroyed, and residents were unaccounted for in neighborhoods hard to reach because of downed trees and power lines, he said.

Crews worked to clear debris from roads across greater Los Angeles, including a key stretch of USA 101 that was brought to a standstill along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Authorities had issued evacuation orders for seven thousand people in the area, and warned an additional 23,000 to leave as rains approached.

Crews are clearing debris that closed a section of USA 101 along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Eliason said the extent of the damage has yet to be surveyed, and crews are working to clear roads.

Downtown San Francisco had a record 3.15 inches of rain, smashing the old mark of 2.36 inches set in 1872 and making it the city's 16th wettest day since 1849, the National Weather Service said. Similar amounts were reported across that county. Helicopters were being used even during the downpours because of blocked roads.

Highway 101 is closed from Milpas Road to Seacliff Drive, and a crash at Nojoqui Summit south of Buellton has closed the freeway there, the California Highway Patrol said, although no details of the crash are available. She says "multiple" residents have been rescued and more are calling for help in Montecito and Carpinteria. Evacuations were ordered in those foothill neighborhoods Monday because of mudslide fears.

Two people are confirmed dead in Montecito and officials believe the deaths may be related to the storm that pummeled Santa Barbara County Monday night and into Tuesday.

The first significant storm of the season has soaked much of the state.

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

In this photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, members of the Long Beach Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team check equipment while staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Water and debris in lanes shut down coastal US 101 and traffic accidents on rain-slicked roadways across the region slowed the Tuesday morning commute to a crawl.

Last month's wildfires, including the largest in the state's history, left the area vulnerable to mudslides.

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

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