At least 13 people died as powerful rainstorms triggered flash floods in Southern California.
The threat of mudslides prompted one county to order 7,000 residents to leave their homes, and urged 23,000 others to evacuate voluntarily.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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.
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, said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara Fire Department.
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Emergency workers, using search dogs and helicopters, have rescued dozens of people stranded in rubble, Anderson said.
The mudslide toppled trees and demolished cars and covered blocks of quiet residential neighborhoods with a thick layer of mud, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference.
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