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California mudslides: Death toll rises to 17

ANI  |  Montecito (California) [United States] 

Several homes and cars were swept away in the mudslides and flooding triggered by the torrential rainstorm.

quoted County as saying at a press conference, "We realize that this is going to be a long and difficult journey for all of us and our community."

"Death toll is likely to rise," said Brown on Tuesday, reported

"It looked like a War I battlefield," said Brown on Tuesday and added, "While we hope it will not, we expect that this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for."

Rescue operations have been carried out throughout the day in Montecito, an enclave which houses celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, and several other celebrities.

has a property in Montecito that is reportedly worth nearly $90m.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 5.5 inches of rain had fallen in parts of over two days.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 07:04 IST