Most of the deaths are believed to have occurred in Montecito, a "wealthy enclave that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres", The Guardian says. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars".
But the wooded hillsides that once gave their estates a sense of seclusion were largely denuded by last year's historic wildfires, setting the stage for the massive slides that slammed into homes, turned highways into raging rivers and shredded cars into almost unrecognizable tangles of metal after heavy Tuesday rains.
The December wildfires burned away hectares of brush and vegetation that normally would have soaked up heavy rainfall in the hills north of Los Angeles. The mud was reported to be up to 5 feet deep in places. "About 100 homes were destroyed and 300 others were damaged, according to Santa Barbara County fire officials", KABC 7 reported on Wednesday, noting that 500 search-and-rescue workers and 10 dogs were involved in the search for survivors. It includes four individuals from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: a task force leader, search team manager, logistics manager and two canine search specialists.
The Santa Barbara Humane Society is helping provide emergency shelter and food for domestic animals of people who had to evacuate their homes, according to their Facebook page.
"It goes without saying how incredibly devastating this time is for their loved ones", Brown said.
Beagle scores in final seconds to cap Caps' comeback
Oshie pressured All-Star Noah Hanifin into a turnover behind the net and Connolly snapped the loose puck between Cam Ward's legs. Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds remaining and Washington rallied to beat host Carolina 4-3 on Friday night.
Fog, rain moves in, state warns of ice
Rivers and streams could see locally fast and significant rises in vicinity of any ice jams . "There is a lot of ice", he said. Experts believe it will, most likely, dislodge the ice at some point in that timeframe.
Under Analysts' Radar: Gopro Inc Cl A Cmn (GPRO)
In other GoPro news, CEO Nicholas Woodman sold 515,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. This company shares are -27.09% up from its target price of $32.6 and the current market capitalization stands at $4.84B.
BidaskClub Upgrades MiMedx Group (NASDAQ:MDXG) to "Hold"
Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company's management believes its shares are undervalued. Wellington Management Group Llp increased Mimedx Group Inc (MDXG ) stake by 2.07% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing.
Dallas County Now Up to 23 Flu-Related Deaths This Season
The two strains of flu making the rounds are A and B, and current levels of influenza B are showing up much earlier than usual. Two Houston women in their 60s died late previous year after battling the flu , city health officials confirmed.