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These photos show how Southern California has been devastated by mudslides that killed at least 17 people

January 11,2018 02:21

At least 17 people have died from massive mudslides in a wealthy Southern California region, according to local authorities. A heavy storm on Tuesday triggered flash floods and unleashed debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara, around 2:30 a.m. local time ...and more »


A section of the Union Pacific Railroad is blocked by debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California.Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout/Reuters
At least 17 people have died from massive mudslides in a wealthy Southern California region, according to local authorities.
A heavy storm on Tuesday triggered flash floods and unleashed debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara, around 2:30 a.m. local time (PST), the LA Times reported.
As Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters on Tuesday night: "The best way I can describe it is it looked like a World War One battlefield."
Rescue crews with dogs and scanners were still looking for at least 13 people reportedly missing on Wednesday, the sheriff's office said in a Reuters report. One hundred single-family homes were also destroyed and hundreds of other buildings were reportedly damaged.
Take a look at the harrowing scenes below.

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