US California mudslide survivors: 'Mud came in an instant'

13:51  11 january  2018
13:51  11 january  2018 Source:   CNN

California storm: Cars swept away, body pinned against home

  California storm: Cars swept away, body pinned against home LOS ANGELES — In the dark of night, Thomas Tighe saw two vehicles slowly being swept away by a river of mud and debris flowing down the road in front of his house in Montecito, California. Daybreak brought a more jarring scene: a body pinned against his neighbor's home by a wall of muck.Tighe is CEO of Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara, California-based charitable organization that helps disaster victims. This time, the disaster was "literally in my backyard, and front yard," he said by phone from Montecito, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.The scene left Tighe shaken.

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito, California home.

The mud came in an instant , pounding and crashing through the walls of homes. Among those looking for survivors were Riley, a search dog with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and his Firefighters pull 14-year-old from home leveled in deadly California flooding, mudslides . News.

Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed by mudslide in Burbank, California. © ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed by mudslide in Burbank, California.

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito, California home.

"Seemed like just heavy rain," he said. "Five minutes later, heard loud wish sound. Mud came in an instant, like a dam breaking."

Hyatt and other residents are recalling the drama that ensued as Tuesday's deadly mudslides and flooding devastated Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs continued searching for people Wednesday.

They heard a "deep rumbling" sound

Heavy rain and a "deep rumbling" sound preceded the massive amounts of mud that blanketed miles and killed at least 17 people.

Area destroyed by mudslides was not under mandatory evacuation order

  Area destroyed by mudslides was not under mandatory evacuation order Devastating mudslides that destroyed homes and trapped residents in Montecito on Tuesday occurred in an area that was not under mandatory evacuation orders, officials said. Mud from a swollen creek slammed into homes in the 300 block of Hot Springs Road and nearby streets. Several people in Santa Barbara County died in the mudslides, but it’s unclear how many were in the Montecito neighborhood.The area was not directly in the Thomas fire burn zone, officials said.

Hundreds of first responders in Santa Barbara County waded through waist-high mud while others flew over the devastation searching for survivors . The mud came in an instant , pounding and crashing through the walls of homes. Southern California mudslides : Hundreds still await rescue; 15 dead.

The mud came in an instant , pounding and crashing through the walls of homes. Among those looking for survivors were Riley, a search dog with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and his handler Firefighters pull 14-year-old from home leveled in deadly California flooding, mudslides .

When the rain began drenching the area, Hyatt decided to stay up late to "keep an eye on things." Shortly, he would be moving furniture around to keep the mud from getting in his home.

Streets were like rapids and it was matter of minutes before cars began moving sideways, disappearing underneath the mud and crashing into homes.

Josie Gower held onto a door frame when a devastating river of mud rushed inside her Montecito, California home.

The 69-year-old woman and her boyfriend were at home Tuesday when the mudslide swept through the neighborhood.

"For some reason, she opened the front door" and was swept away, Diane Brewer, one of Gower's friends told CNN.

Gower is among who have been reported dead in Santa Barbara County, Brewer said. More than a dozen people remain unaccounted for, authorities said.

Fires and mudslides have some rethinking the California dream

  Fires and mudslides have some rethinking the California dream A few who live amid the usually serene beauty and year-round warmth of Santa Barbara County say nature's recent onslaughts of wildfires and mudslides have dampened their California dreams. For Hannah Troy, the twin blows of the Thomas Fire, which scorched parts of Santa Barbara last month in the biggest wildfire in the state's history, and this week's deadly mudslides only deepened her unease about the landscapes around her.

(CNN) Destructive waves of mud came down the hills in Southern California slamming everything in sight. The force of the mudslides was so massive that it destroyed homes, uprooted trees and The mud came in an instant , pounding and even crashing through the walls of many homes.

Southern California mudslides : Hundreds await rescue. Mudslides replace fire threat in Calif. in Santa Barbara County waded through waist-high mud while others flew over the devastation searching for survivors . The mud came in an instant , pounding and crashing through the walls of homes.

Families rushed to escape the raging mudflow

"We ran into the house and right then the boulders busted through the house," Berkeley "Augie" Johnson told KSBY.

The muddy water was not slowly leaking into homes like rainfall does -- it came in slamming.

As Johnson and his family ran up to the second level of their home, about 8-9 feet of mud followed them closely. With nowhere to go, they crawled out of a window to reach the roof, he said.

This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a home that has been buried in flood debris in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during the Thomas wildfire. © Mike Eliason/AP This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a home that has been buried in flood debris in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during the Thomas wildfire.

Children and babies were pulled from the mud

The mud and debris overwhelmed many homes and wiped some of them out.

2018's off to a rough start in California

  2018's off to a rough start in California Californians battled calamities of every kind these first few days of the year.But lately, the Golden State has elicited visions of a different kind -- houses buried in mud, scorched hillsides and flu-stricken hospital patients.

Mudslide devastation massive in S. California . 13 people killed, more than 160 others injured. waded through waist-high mud while others flew over the devastation searching for survivors . Cindy Pontes with the California Highway Patrol. The mud came in an instant , pounding and crashing

As massive mudslides hit Montecito, California , a man says he dug a baby out from four feet of mud and debris on Tuesday morning.Berkeley Johnson said he and wife Karen climbed through a window to their roof around 3 a.m. after mud and rocks came crashing into their home and dumped eight feet

Johnson pulled a baby who was submerged in about 4 feet of mud, KSBY reported.

"We don't know where it came from but we got it out, took the mud out of his mouth. I hope that's OK," he said.

From the rubble of another home, a crew of firefighters rescued a 14-year-old girl, who had been trapped for hours after her home collapsed.

The girl, coated head to foot in mud, was led by firefighters from the pile of wood and debris that was once a house, a photo from Santa Barbara County fire department showed.

The destruction was everywhere

Peter Hartmann said power lines were down and aluminum poles were snapped in half. The water was flowing out of water mains also coming off from fire hydrants.

"There were gas mains that had popped, where you could hear the hissing," Hartmann told CNN affiliate KCAL.

CNN's Paul Vercammen, Paul Murphy, Darran Simon and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

California mudslide victim found, death toll at 21 .
The body of a 28-year-old California woman, missing since savage mudslides hit nearly two weeks ago, was found Saturday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said.Faviola Benitez Calderon was one of three people still missing after the catastrophe swept away homes and lives in the coastal town of Montecito.

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