At least 13 people have been killed as homes were torn from their foundations in flash flooding in southern California.
Heavy downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in the state in December.
Rescue crews used helicopters to pluck more than 50 people from rooftops because trees and power lines blocked roads, dozens more were rescued on the ground and firefighters pulled a mud-caked 14-year-old girl from a collapsed Montecito home where she had been trapped for hours.
It’s believed that most deaths occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos.
At least 25 people were injured and others remain unaccounted for.