At least 2 dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

One video shows the Coast Guard saving a family of five after their home was as overtaken by a mudslide in Santa Barbara County

Twenty-five people have been injured and 50 rescues have been performed, Santa Barbara County officials said.

A woman was pulled out of a debris pile by firefighters, and a 14-year-old girl was saved from a destroyed home in Montecito, Eliason said.

"Six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were wiped away from their foundations by mudflow and debris", CNN quoted Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason as saying.

The mud was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep, fire-scarred Santa Ynez Mountains.

Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into Montecito neighborhoods from hillsides stripped of vegetation during a recent wildfire. "Within seconds their vehicle was consumed by the mud", the post reads.

Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said helicopters are being used for rescues because roads are blocked by downed trees and power lines.

"I didn't realize what I had started", she said. About an inch is forecast for downtown Los Angeles, the most in 10 months, according to FOX11.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning declared a local emergency and asked the state to also make an emergency declaration.

The mom and her newborn baby wait on the roof with one of the rescue crew
The mom and her newborn baby wait on the roof with one of the rescue crew

"It was sobering", Miller said.

"Originally under the voluntary evac some folks made a decision to stay and try to defend their homes but now that they've seen the potential of what could come down, they're being much more cooperative", Owings said at a news conference at around noon.

The path of the torrent was graphically illustrated on the side of a white colonial-style house, where a dark gray stain created a wavy pattern halfway up the front windows.

"Apparently, one of their cars ended (up) in their back yard". In Los Angeles, a police cruiser got swamped in tire-deep mud. All major roads connected to the 101 Freeway were also closed near Montecito. A kayak was marooned in the flotsam, and a Range Rover was buried up to its bumpers.

A rescuer working with a search dog walked among the ruins of a house as the yellow Labrador wagged its tail and scrambled into a devastated building, looking for anyone trapped inside.

He told The Weather Channel that at least eight people had to be rescued overnight from homes in Santa Barbara County.

Record-breaking rains began drenching northern cities like San Francisco and Sacramento on Monday, just after families in the area were given the go ahead to return home after the state's largest wildfire in history, ABC News reported. It spread over more than 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) and destroyed 1,063 homes and other structures.

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