At least 13 dead after mudslides rip through California

At least thirteen people have been killed after a powerful rainstorm triggered flash flooding and catastrophic mudslides in southern California.

A majority of those of those died in the Santa Barbara County, the same area where a series of intense wildfires last month stripped away most of the protective vegetation.

Santa Barba Country’s Sheriff says they expect the number of deaths to rise as the search continues for more missing people.


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Several houses have been completely destroyed and a number of people in the area remain unaccounted for while 25 residents have been confirmed injured.

Search dogs and helicopters have been brought in to help with the rescue effort, as emergency workers struggle to get through the waist-high muck to reach people trapped in their homes and cars.