(Montecito, CA) – Oprah’s home is one of many that was surrounded by the deadly mudslides in Southern California. The Queen of talk posted a video on Instagram last night, which shows her walking through the backyard of her Montecito residence in Santa Barbara County.
Knee deep in mud, she says, “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on her Instagram page today. “My property is fine. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”
In the brief video, Winfrey further surveys the muddy aftermath near her Montecito home. “Oh god,” she says. “So, there used to be a fence right here. “That’s my neighbor’s house, devastated. And debris is everywhere.”
As the rain moves out of Southern California, the heavy equipment is moving in after deadly mudslides. Bulldozers, tractors and military grade trucks are all being used today to clear the roads to make way for more rescue crews heading to the upscale coastal community of Montecito in Santa Barbara County.
Officials say the tons of trash, trees, rocks and mud that slid off the hillsides and knocked homes off their foundation yesterday has led to the deaths of at least 16 people. Officials believe that number is expected to climb, with dozens of people missing and hundreds still trapped in their homes.
Twenty-five-people were injured and 50 had to be rescued by helicopters when the muddy runoff swept through neighborhoods, knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101-Freeway in some areas. The mudslides were triggered by yesterday’s heavy rainstorm in hillsides left barren by the massive Thomas Fire.