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Firefighters Carry Mud-Soaked Teen To Safety As Search Dogs Look For Survivors In Flood Wreckage

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

Southern California has had a really rough 12 months for natural disasters.

After months of wildfires raging throughout the Santa Barbara, San Diego, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, the city of Montecito in Ventura was drenched with record-hitting levels of rain, floods, and mudslides.

With 24 hours of nonstop rain falling on freshly charred and burned landscapes that just saw days of wildfires, mudslides racked the area with terrifying force.

Rescuers are calling for air lifts to help those trapped under the debris of whole houses. So far, 15 people have been declared dead.

In the video below, you can see footage of firefighters carrying a teen covered in mud out on a stretcher from the slides, as well as a woman and young man.

Apparently, rescuers have been deploying rescue dogs to help dig through debris and search for anyone who might be trapped or injured.

According to The National Weather Service, one third of the rain that fell in a 24-hour period came down in just 5 minutes.

It is truly devastating to see so many people who undoubtedly suffered through the recent wildfires now have to struggle through record mudslides. Luckily, rescuers are there to help.

Be sure to check out the footage below of these rescues and please SHARE this story with your friends on Facebook!

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