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California has had a brutal couple of months. With wildfires that have spread across such a large area of land they’ve been spotted by astronauts orbiting in space and a drought that has caused millions in damages the sunshine state has been having a terrible 2017. Now, 2018 has also brought further tragedy to the state with a devastating bout of floods. Yesterday those floods caused a horrific mudslide that took the lives of 13 people and hospitalised 163 people.
View from the air in Montecito. Areas that had been roadways, driveways, and homes, are now unrecognizable due to the large amount of mud and debris flows. pic.twitter.com/dbsUPw3mrL— VenturaCoAirUnit (@VCAirUnit) January 9, 2018
The catastrophe has also isolated and trapped 300 people in Santa Barbara. The mudslide has put significant strain on the emergency services as they struggle to perform search and rescue operations for missing individuals while also caring for the hundreds of injured and trapped. The scene “looked like a World War One battlefield” said one police officer.
And the death toll is expected to rise.
Some of the pictures coming out of the disaster are astonishing. Highways have been flooded and look like rivers and entire villages and towns have been submerged under water and mud. One town, Burbank, had a mandatory evacuation order put in place after water washed away dozens of vehicles.
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