California storms bring fear of devastating mudslides
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many Southern California areas hit by wildfires in recent months are under evacuation orders as Pacific storms threaten to unleash flows of mud, boulders and debris.
Voluntary and mandatory evacuations were ordered through Tuesday morning from Santa Barbara County down to Los Angeles County. Hundreds of homes are affected.
Authorities are afraid that the incoming storm will dump enough rain in a short time to send the bare soil sluicing down on foothill communities. In Santa Barbara County, there also were concerns that roads might become impassable and strand people in the town of Montecito, which a year ago was inundated by a mudslide that killed 23 people.
Storms are expected to douse the area with rain and snow through Thursday.