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13 dead, several injured in southern California mudslides and heavy rain

A firefighter stands on the roof of a house submerged in mud and rocks Wednesday in Montecito Calif A firefighter stands on the roof of a house submerged in mud and rocks Wednesday in Montecito Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez AP
Faye Gross | 11 January, 2018, 00:25

Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday.

This follows last month's wildfires in Southern California, which were intensified by the Santa Ana winds.

Other road closures were put in place due to mandatory evacuation orders or more minor flooding issues throughout the county, and the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department has a running list of active road closures here.

A fire truck drives through the wildfire damaged Coffey Park neighborhood as rain water pools where a home once stood, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

. On Tuesday, she took to Instagram and showed photos of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters flying over her house. And in the Sun Valley area crews were working to remove a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle that became stuck in mud along a section of La Tuna Canyon Road south of the Foothill Freeway.

First responders on Tuesday were plucking people from vehicles trapped in risky flooding and debris triggered by heavy overnight rainfall in California. "Praying for our community again in Santa Barbara", she wrote. "Helicopters rescuing my neighbors".

Between 12 and 24 people who were believed to in the area at the time of the slides remained unaccounted for, said Chris Elms, a spokesman for state firefighters. Looking for missing persons.

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"Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come".

A 14-year-old girl was also rescued from the mud after being trapped for hours.

He also referenced Oprah's home nearby in another post and recent speculation she may run for president in 2020 after her speech at the Golden Globe Awards.

Drivers should avoid non-essential travel and use I-5 as an alternate route, Caltrans said.

"There are no customers", said Pierre Henry, owner of the Bree'osh Bakery Cafe Montecito, several blocks from the spot where a large mudslide crossed Coast Village Road as it moved toward the ocean.

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