Severe Mudflows in Montecito CA kill at least 13 People, Close 101 Freeway to Los Angeles
In it's damage and extent, the mud slide is the largest in California in many years.
January 9, 2018
The death toll has been raised to 13, in the wake of severe mudflows in the affluent Santa Barbara town of Montecito. The town just 6 miles down the road from Santa Barbara toward Los Angeles, is the residence of numerous wealthy people including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen de Generes.
The 101 freeway is reportedly closed.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept has confirmed 5 dead to ABC News.
Earlier January 9, the SB Sheriff released the following press release: "The predicted weather has caused significant impacts within the communities of Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland. We have weather and road issues in North County as well, but at this time all major highways are open. There are many road closures including US 101 Northbound at SeaCliff and US101 SouthBound at Milpas as well as many additional road hazards. Multiple road closures are in effect due to debris, downed power lines and flooded roadways.
Santa Barbara County residents are urged to STAY OFF OF THE ROADS to allow emergency operations to take place in areas impacted by the storm. 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 drive across flowing water or mud.
For the latest information go to http://www.countyofsb.orgView of the 101 overlooking the Olive Mill Bridge in Montecito heading to Butterfly Beach."
101 is a total washout.