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A fire that began five weeks ago in Santa Paula leads to deadly flash flooding in Montecito

First major storm after Thomas Fire...

MONTECITO, Calif. - For most people it is unfathamable that a wildfire that started miles away in Santa Paula five weeks ago would lead to a deady mudslide in Montecito.

Rain fell at a rate of more than an inch a minute around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

By four p.m. a fire was burning along Park Lane and flash flooding pushed debris towards the coast.

Boulders, tree trunks and wrecked structures blocked streets.

The full extent of the damage was visible along Olive Mill Road and the 101 freeway at daybreak.

Sheriff's deputies in a military vehicle started recovering the remains of people washed away.

By the afternoon Sheriff Bill Brown said the death toll was 13 and likely to rise as they searched for people still missing.

Amid the destruction that looked like a war zone people showed compassion.

A man walking around barefoot after being rescued was given a pair of shoes and a bathrobe.

Bill Horseman said, "I feel lucky 112 olive mill road they came and rescued us at 4 in the morning and here were are."

Smashed up cars still live Olive Mill Road where people looked around in shock.

 


 


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