13 dead in South Cal­i­for­nia as rain trig­gers mud­slides

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MON­TECITO, Calif. -- At least 13 peo­ple were killed and homes were torn from their foun­da­tions Tues­day as down­pours sent mud and boul­ders roar­ing down hills stripped of veg­e­ta­tion by a gi­gan­tic wild­fire that raged in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia last month.

Res­cue crews used heli­copters to pluck peo­ple from rooftops be­cause trees and power lines blocked roads, and fire­fight­ers pulled a mud-caked 14-year-old girl from a col­lapsed Mon­tecito home where she had been trapped for hours.

“I thought I was dead for a minute there,” the girl could be heard say­ing on video posted by KNBC-TV be­fore she was taken away on a stretcher.

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