Streets turned to seething rivers. Buildings inundated with rubble. The lacerated chassis of left gondolas, drenched in mud.
As Southern California takes on the ponderous burden of cleaning up from what’s become a one-two pierce of destroying wildfires followed by heavy rains that compelled deadly mudslides, this is some of the detritus left behind.
In addition to the physical impairment, the floods have taken a human toll as well. Santa Barbara County administrators said Wednesday at least 15 beings are dead and 20 disabled thanks to the invasion of silt and water.
“The only commands I are actually think of to describe what it appeared[ like] was it was like a World War I battlefield, ” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday. “It was literally a carpet of clay and debris everywhere.”