The devastating mudslides in Montecito, CA claimed the lives of at least 20 people, with many more still unaccounted for. It also caused extensive damage to property in the area and caused the shutdown of a major state highway.
Panic and Destruction
According to the San Francisco Examiner, rescue crews were working around the clock in order to try and find survivors. However, hopes were dim that anyone would be found alive.
Meanwhile, crews were working nonstop in an effort to clear a two-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway that had been covered in mud and water. The roadway serves approximately 100,000 vehicles per day. Crews were using pumps in order to clear the roadway, but extensive evaluation will still be necessary to make sure the structure of the freeway is sound. In addition, lines would have to be repainted and guardrails and signs would have to be reinstalled.
Several other roadways in Montecito, as well as Santa Barbara, were also blocked. Hundreds of people had to take ferries in order to travel between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Businesses throughout the area were suffering severely due to the slides.
This devastation occurred shortly after wildfires scorched much of the area, followed by heavy rain. The rain loosened soil that had been held in place by vegetation that was lost during the fires.
If you have suffered losses due to the Montecito mudslides, California Fire Lawyers may be able to help. We are pursuing legal action against the parties that were allegedly responsible for the fires, which reportedly contributed to the slides. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.