Firefighters rescue 14-year-old girl from California home destroyed by mudslides

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Knowing this week's rains likely were trouble, officials ordered evacuations for thousands of people ahead of time. County spokeswoman Amber Anderson says only 200 of the 1,200 residents contacted in person had left by the evening. There was a backlog of scores of callers requesting help.

Firefighters in Southern California rescued a 14-year-old girl who was trapped in a home destroyed by mudslides.

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

KEYT-TV showed a body being loaded into a military-style truck on a mud-covered street. Rain-spurred mudslides Tuesday have fully closed a 30-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway and suspended service on popular Amtrak rail routes between Oxnard and Santa Barbara.

In Montecito, a community of about 8,000 people east of Santa Barbara, Ben Hyatt told CNN on Tuesday morning that a river of mud had crashed through a neighbor's house. She had been trapped in the home for hours before rescuers came to her aid, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said on Twitter. "There will be more", Zaniboni said, adding that some of those brought to safety were buried in mud.

The storm walloped much of the state with damaging winds and thunderstorms.

Crews worked to clear debris from roads across the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including a key stretch of USA 101 that was brought to a standstill along the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Because the grounds remain charred from the sweeping fires, they're unable to absorb water - creating conditions ideal for flash flooding and mud slides.

Lingering showers are expected Tuesday, but forecasters say the storm would exit the region by the evening. Rainfall totals ranged from 2 inches (5 cm) to 4.5 inches (11 cm) in the area, said the National Weather Service. Similar amounts were reported across that county.

The Santa Barabara Sherriff's Office confirmed the deaths to Anadolu Agency but did not have additional information immediately available. Montecito got more than a half-inch in five minutes, while Carpinteria received 0.86 inches in 15 minutes. Evacuations were ordered in those foothill neighborhoods Monday because of mudslide fears.

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