Just weeks after a series of wildfires ravaged parts of Southern California, deadly waters are now threatening the Southland.
Mudslides and flooding have been blamed for at least 15 deaths, mostly in the Santa Barbara county town of Montecito.
The same region was hit by last month’s Thomas Fire.
While the storms are expected to ease up, rescue teams are continuing to search for trapped residents among the buried homes.
“While we hope it will not, we expect this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for,” says Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is a resident of the Montecito area, and she showed off some of the damages outside of her home.
The US Census counts some 200 Asians in Montecito.
The Los Angeles Philippine Consulate has issued an advisory for Filipinos in Southern California that may be affected by the storms. They are urging kababayans to be cautious and to evacuate if necessary.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been ordered in parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
A 30-mile stretch of the 101 freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties was shut down because of the mud.