Jan. 11, 2017
In southern California, the heavy rain caused mudflow in coastal Montecito area. The report indicated that until Tuesday, January 10th, at least 17 people died. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, "It looked like a World War I battlefield," and he also mentioned that the death toll might rise. The freeways in the area were closed for at least 48 hours, and several theme parks around the area were closed as well. Although the mandatory evacuations were conducted on Monday night, many residents decided to stay. However, the mud and floodwater crushed homes instantly, which caused greater harms and left no time for escape. The police said the Montecito area was almost unrecognizable after a night of rain.