Firefighters Rescue Girl, 14, From Home Destroyed In Tragic California Mudslides

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Highway 101 has been shut down in both directions because of the mud, Santa Barbara County officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

In one story that details the extent of the scenes, one rescue worker who thought he was picking up a "muddy doll" from the debris discovered it was actually a toddler.

Tighe says there was no mandatory evacuation for her community.

"I don't know how the baby survived", Mr Berkeley told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper. Homes and streets in the exclusive Montecito community were buried under feet of mud and debris.

Peter Hartmann said the destruction was everywhere. Thirteen people remain missing.

Road closed: U.S. 101 in parts of Montecito and Santa Barbara will remain closed for at least 48 hours because of the muddy debris covering it, authorities said Tuesday. Many of them had ignored earlier orders to get out.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who has been touted this week as a possible 2020 candidate for the White House, was among those affected by the mudslides. "13 lives lost. #Mudslides", the Cecil B. DeMille award recipient, 63, captioned her video montage on Instagram. She was pulled from a collapsed Montecito home where she had been trapped for hours.

He yells: "Oh my god, Mom!" before sprinting back into the house.

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"This has happened before but I think it's worse because of the fire, because of all the burnt. We're just happy for everyone that makes it".

Heavy downpours hit ground that had been burned by wildfires that took hold in December.

The blazes wiped out of root vegetation, contributing to the instability of the soil and its inability to absorb moisture, priming the area for the catastrophic mudslides. Ventura County received the largest amount of rain, 130 millimeters, according to the Los Angeles Weather Services.

Search efforts are being hampered by a treacherous landscape strewn with boulders and rescuers having to tackle a cement-like mud which reaches shoulder-high in some places. For many this was the second time in two months after fires ravaged the area last month.

Heavy rain on Tuesday saw mud pour into the valley and as well as the 100 destroyed homes, hundreds of other structures have been left damaged by the incident.

County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said five people were found dead on Tuesday in Montecito, possibly as a result of the storm.

US Coast Guard officials rescue a family including a young child from their home that was severely damaged after a mudslide.

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