Evacuation Order Issued for Entire Town of Montecito, California due to Flooding
Monday brought yet another devastating storm to California, claiming the life of at least one person and leaving 140,000 without power. Rescuers in San Luis Obispo County were searching for a 5-year-old boy swept away by floodwaters, and an entire prestigious seaside community was ordered to evacuate.
Celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, who are among the residents of Montecito in Santa Barbara, were among the thousands evacuated due to flooding and mudslides, marking the fifth anniversary of deadly mudslides in the area. The weather service reported rainfall rates of one inch per hour, with heavy downpours expected.
In Los Angeles, a sinkhole swallowed two cars in the Chatsworth area and two people were injured after being rescued from the vehicles.
Santa Cruz County residents near rain-swollen rivers and creeks were issued evacuation orders and the San Lorezo River was declared at flood stage.
In Northern California, numerous districts closed schools and over 35,000 customers remained without power in Sacramento.
President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration Monday to support storm response and relief efforts in more than a dozen counties. The National Weather Service has predicted 6 to 12 inches of rain over the next two days in the Sacramento-area foothills, and as much as 8 inches of rain in the Los Angeles foothill areas.
The relentless string of storms has left California reeling, but the emptying reservoirs are being replenished and soon the power should be restored to all.