Published on : Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Southern California has been hit by flooding and mudslides killing at least 13 people. The calamity toppled homes and prompted emergency rescues at places that just endured historically intense wildfires.
Long-awaited rain fell on a region left vulnerable to new forms of natural disaster after spending weeks ablaze, the type of pivot from weather hazard to weather hazard that is common to a state that periodically grapples with drought, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires. Since some areas of the greater Los Angeles, there has been more than 10cm of rainfall leading to the devastating mud slide. The “catastrophic mud flow” hurtled onto Highway 101 early in the morning and the officials of Santa Barbara said at least 13 people had died, with more than 25 others being injured. The authorities believe that the number might grow as the search and rescue operation will continue.
Houses were swept away, stretches of major roads were rendered inaccessible by inundating mud and rain and people were ordered out of their homes in areas that last month were menaced and forced to evacuate by raging blazes. The firefighters helped rescue people who were trapped in their homes and vehicles blocked by water and debris.
Several routes have been shut down already and the authorities issued a shelter-in-place warning imploring people to avoid perilous roads. An alert read ‘take protective actions to stay safe which may include sheltering-in-place or seeking high ground, avoiding power lines and trees, staying off roads and highways, and do not attempt to leave and drive across flowing water or mud.’