Ellen DeGeneres shared photos from her home in Montecito, California, after flash floods and heavy rains brought devastating mudslides to the region. At least 13 people are dead and hundreds are missing or trapped within their homes as fears that more mudslides could spring up continue to mount. Ellen shared the photo on the official Twitter page for the Ellen DeGeneres Show and fans were shocked by what they saw. The streets were gone, mud was everywhere, and the highway was nothing more than what appeared to be a mud-filled lake. Ellen spoke of the devastation and said that there is a great need for help in Montecito.
The rains came suddenly and furiously following months of wildfires that ravaged the state. The rain stirred up all of the debris and bare ground left from the fire creating the life-threatening mudslides. Exactly what the death toll will be remains unknown. The death toll is currently at 13, there are 20 reported injuries, and hundreds of people are listed as trapped or missing and unaccounted for.
Photos and videos of the widespread damage have spread across the Internet as horrifying stories of people who watched friends and loved ones being swept away in the mud are being told.
This is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support. pic.twitter.com/jRNCBrp4b5
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) January 10, 2018
Another view of the 101 looking north. Mud, debris and cars buried pic.twitter.com/zTFaQl0z6H
— Alys Martinez (@KEYTNC3Alys) January 10, 2018
flash flood on LA Tuna Canyon Road https://t.co/92edLyKrYD
— James Rojas (@JamesRojasKABC) January 9, 2018
Flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains swept away homes, overwhelmed roads and prompted widespread rescues in areas of Southern California left vulnerable by last month's devastating wildfires. https://t.co/g52PPwmiuN pic.twitter.com/ZF7KsOKPvM
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 9, 2018
The response to the LA floods and mudslides is in the early stage and it is still considered an active situation. Some people responded with shock that structures that firefighters worked tirelessly to save from wildfires, were undermined by the massive force and pressure buildup from the mudslides.
The San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California was ravaged by the storms and mudslides.
Several heartbreaking photos showing animals trying to rise above the mud are being shared. In one photo you can see a white and cream colored dog whose legs are stained with mud, climbing atop a pile of broken debris in an attempt to find safety.
Update: 13 people killed, 25 hurt, several still missing & hundreds are trapped in homes from yesterday's storm. Powerful floodwater swept several homes off their foundations. Some mandatory evacuation orders still in effect due to more mudslide threat. @nbcla pic.twitter.com/zZNCffS6nH
— Daniella Guzman (@DaniellaNBCLA) January 10, 2018
Two chickens that previously lived in a backyard were seeking shelter on the roof of a car that was partially submerged in mud.
— Alene Tchekmedyian (@AleneTchek) January 10, 2018
Evacuations continue as the situation remains dire in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. Rescues are still underway as people anxiously await news regarding friends and loved ones.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 9, 2018
— Alys Martinez (@KEYTNC3Alys) January 9, 2018
Red Cross Efforts Ongoing in Southern California https://t.co/6SvrxXmnpR
— Joshua Crawford (@hypnoticOMG) January 6, 2018
Those who want to help those in Montecito are encouraged to support the Red Cross.