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California mudslide: After wildfire, state devastated by rains

At least 13 people died and thousands fled from their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month.

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In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Kerry Mann navigates the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend in Montecito, California, Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The woman who lives in the home has not been seen since the early hours of Tuesday. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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Teresa Drenick stands in her sister's home damaged after heavy rains off Glen Oaks Lane, while Sean Bornwell retrieves some of her sister's personal belongings on January 10 in Montecito, California. Drenick's sister has been missing since early Tuesday morning. Flash floods there on Tuesday swept immense amounts of mud, water and debris down from foothills that were stripped of brush by the recent Thomas wildfire. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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A structure is smashed against a tree along Hot Springs Road in Montecito, after getting hit by a flash flood and debris flow on January 9. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during the recent wildfire in Calirfornia (Daniel Dreifuss/AP)
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Cars that were washed away are piled up on the banks of Romero Creek in Montecito, California, on January 9. Dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows damaged vehicles carried by mud flow and debris at the parking garage of The Montecito Inn in Montecito, California. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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Heavy downpours struck before dawn on Tuesday after thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County along the Pacific coast north of Los Angeles were ordered to evacuate. But only 10 to 15 percent complied with mandatory orders, a spokesperson of the Fire Department said. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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The death toll on Tuesday surpassed a California mudslide on January 10, 2005, that killed 10 people as a hillside gave way in the town of La Conchita, less than 20 miles (32 km) south of the latest disaster. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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The threat of mudslides prompted the county to order 7,000 residents to leave their homes before the rains came and to urge 23,000 others to evacuate voluntarily. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, shows a semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on US Highway 101, in Montecito. Homes were swept away before dawn on Tuesday. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, mudflow, boulders, and debris from heavy rain runoff from early Tuesday reached the roof of a single story home in Montecito, California. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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A car sits stranded in flooded water in Montecito on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Debris and mud cover the entrance of the Montecito Inn after heavy rain brought flash flooding and mudslides to the area in Montecito. At least 13 people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations on Tuesday. (Daniel Dreifuss)
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In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, homes were destroyed along San Ysidro Creek near East Valley Road in Montecito. Runoff from heavy rain early Tuesday brought boulders, mudflow, and debris down on them. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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This photo provided by Stacey Wright with the Santa Barbara Urban Hikers shows a small dog being rescued on Olive Mill Road Tuesday, in Montecito, California (Stacey Wright/Santa Barbara Urban Hikers via AP)
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Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito, California, following deadly runoff of mud and debris from heavy rain on Tuesday, (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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A Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit helicopter under a rainbow while on a rescue mission following deadly mudflow after heavy rains trapped dozens of people in Montecito, California, on Tuesday. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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