At least 13 people were killed and many houses were destroyed due to heavy rain pouring mud and rocks from the hills last month experienced a huge forest fire in Southern California.
Santa Barbara County spokesman, David Villalobos, said most of the deaths occurred in Montecito, the rich area of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles.At least 25 people were injured and others were missing.(Photo: AP).
The mud that fell very quickly in the late night from the Santa Ynez mountain range, burned down after the fire in December 2017.The burnt areas are particularly sensitive, easily causing mudslides with great devastating power because the burnt soil does not absorb water well and is easily eroded when there are no trees.(Photo: AP).
The mass of mud flowing down on January 9 washed away cars and houses.Images shared on social networks show that mud is flooded to many residents' belts.The authorities were prepared to receive catastrophic flooding because the heavy rain was predicted for the first time in 10 months.(Photo: AP).
Not only mud, but heavy rain also kicked rocks all over the roads.(Photo: AP).
Expedited evacuation activities take place in areas of recent fire in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.However, officials said only about 10-15% of people in the mandatory evacuation area of Santa Barbara followed the warning.(Photo: AP).
Mud filled the inside of a car destroyed in a residential area being evacuated in Burbank.The biggest damage was recorded on Hot Springs Road in Montecito, where residents were warned to voluntarily evacuate.(Photo: Getty).
The heaviest rain occurs in about 15 minutes from 3:30 (local time).Rainfall reaches over 127mm in Montecito within 5 minutes and about 250mm in Carpinteria in 15 minutes.(Photo: AP).
"The gas path is broken, you can hear screeching," said one resident. "The big aluminum pole holds the high-voltage power line broken in half. Water splashes from the pipes and fire hoses . "(Photo: AP).
Lifeguards use helicopters to free people trapped from the roofs by trees and damaged power lines blocking the way.Some people have been stuck for hours and covered with mud.(Photo: AP).
Montecito is suffering from a remnant from a forest fire that broke out on December 4, 2017 and is the largest fire ever recorded in California. It spreads over more than 1,140 km 2 , destroying 1,063 houses and other buildings.The fire continued to spread deep into the wild jungle.The state of California is also in the impact of the big storm.The record 800 mm rainfall was recorded in San Francisco on January 8, breaking the previous record of 600 mm since 1972. (Photo: Getty).