Rescue groups are persevering with to seek for survivors in southern California after a sequence of mudslides killed 17 folks and swept away greater than 100 houses.

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AFTER: Randall Street, Montecito

Randall Road Montecito, after mudslides

BEFORE: Randall Street, Montecito

Randall Road, Montecito, before

Run-off from heavy rain induced devastation in Santa Barbara County, with officers saying mud was waist-deep in some areas.

Within the upmarket neighbourhood of Montecito, some houses have been swept from their foundations.

The realm is dwelling to plenty of celebrities, together with actor Rob Lowe, chat present host Ellen DeGeneres and TV persona and actor Oprah Winfrey.

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AFTER: East Valley Lane, Montecito

Montecito, East Valley Lane after the mudslides

BEFORE: East Valley Lane, Montecito

Montecito, East Valley Lane before the mudslides

Elements of the key north-south freeway Route 101 have been closed in each instructions and never anticipated to reopen till subsequent week.

Route 101, before the mudslides
Route 101, after the mudslides

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Why did the mudslides occur?

Heavy downpours hit floor that had been burned by wildfires that took maintain in December.

Burned vegetation and charred soil create a repellent layer which prevents this rainwater from being absorbed.

Along with the lack of vegetation, this may enhance the danger of mudslides and floods.

The place was affected?

Santa Barbara County has been badly affected, with hundreds pressured to depart their houses. For a lot of this was the second time in two months after fires ravaged the world final month.

The emergency companies declared an exclusion zone, saying anybody shifting across the space can be in the best way of rescuers and can be topic to arrest.

Helicopters have additionally been transporting folks out of the Romero Canyon neighborhood, the place about 300 folks have been lower off after a large particles circulate blocked the street into the world.