At least 5 dead as rain, mud roil California

One video shows the Coast Guard saving a family of five after their home was as overtaken by a mudslide in Santa Barbara County

One video shows the Coast Guard saving a family of five after their home was as overtaken by a mudslide in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County officials estimate that just 10 to 15 percent of residents ordered to evacuate heeded the warning ahead of a unsafe storm that has killed five people.

Heavy rains pounding Southern California for a second day are causing floods and loosening hillsides as officials in fire-ravaged communities warn people to stay off roads over fears of mud and debris flows.

Voluntary evacuation warnings were in effect for another 20,000 people, including others in those same communities, she said.

Knowing this week's rains likely were trouble, officials ordered evacuations for thousands of people ahead of time.

The mom and her newborn baby wait on the roof with one of the rescue crew
The mom and her newborn baby wait on the roof with one of the rescue crew

Twenty-five people have been injured and 50 rescues have been performed, Santa Barbara County officials said.

The girl's house was just one of several destroyed in the coastal community of Montecito, home to many of Santa Barbara County's most affluent residents.

A woman was pulled out of a debris pile by firefighters, and a 14-year-old girl was saved from a destroyed home in Montecito, Eliason said.

At least six people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by a big wildfire that raged in Southern California last month.

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Eliason told CNN at least three homes have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris" in the Montecito neighborhood.

The rate was more than 1.5 inches per hour in parts of Southern California on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said, and a flash-flood warning was in effect for portions of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties until 9:30 a.m. local time.

Los Angeles County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 300 homes in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tijunga Canyon, areas affected by the Creek Fire.

The Santa Barabara Sherriff's Office confirmed the deaths to Anadolu Agency but did not have additional information immediately available.

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The 101 Freeway is closed in both directions from Highway 126 in Ventura and north to the Milpas Street exit in Santa Barbara until further notice, according to Caltrans.

Traffic accidents have slowed the Tuesday morning commute to a crawl across the region, including along coastal US 101 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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