Santa Barbara County, one of the more affluent areas of Southern California, suffered from devastating mudslides which so far have killed 17 people and another 17 are missing following Tuesday’s heavy downpour, Reuters reports. Highway Route 101 running north-south is closed and not expected to reopen until next week. In Montecito, the homes of Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey were affected. This week’s damage is believed to have been exacerbated by last month’s wildfires.
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