Actor Jeff Bridges has revealed that his home in Southern California was severely damaged in mudslides.
Bridges bought his $6.8 million Montecito home three years ago, and it could be a total loss, TMZ reported.
What we know about the mudslides so far:
– 15 people dead
– 7,000 people evacuated
– 300 people stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon neighborhood
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— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 10, 2018
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) January 10, 2018
“Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people,” “The Big Lebowski” star tweeted.
He added: “We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community. Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.”
— Andrew Miller (@abumillers) January 11, 2018
My friends daughters are missing! Please help find them. A mudslide devoured their home at 3am.
Sawyer (12) Morgan (25)
1231 E valley rd Santa Barbara
Please RT#missing #missingperson #Montecito #SantaBarbara #mudslides pic.twitter.com/DI9Eb629vO
— Nicole Burke (@nicoleburkeAD) January 10, 2018
As TMZ reported, Oprah Winfrey is next next-door neighbor.
In all, the mudslides have killed at least 17 people, while eight are still missing. They’re ravaging Montecito, a wealthy area of northwest Los Angeles home to a number of A-list celebrities.
Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people. We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community. Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 11, 2018
A number of celebrities have tweeted about it.
This is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support. pic.twitter.com/jRNCBrp4b5
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018
“Right now, our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told Los Angeles television station KCAL.
Some 500 rescuers using search dogs, military helicopters, and thermal imaging equipment are at the scene, Reuters reported.
This is the street in front of our house. I don’t know anything about our house yet. I’m heartbroken for our community of Montecito. I’m devastated for the families who lost loved ones. I’m grateful to all the rescue workers. Please send love to Montecito. pic.twitter.com/TmbqwzMLEz
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 10, 2018
Search and rescue efforts have been slow as crews have to navigate through waist-deep mud, fallen trees, boulders, and other debris.
“Another tough day in Santa Barbara County as Search and Rescue, Fire and Law Enforcement personnel from across our county and our neighboring counties searched for survivors and evacuated people,” the sheriff’s office said on its Twitter feed late Wednesday night.
The devastating mudslides, which were triggered by heavy rains early on Tuesday, roared into valleys denuded by historic wildfires that struck the area last month.
The debris flow from the mudslides has destroyed 100 homes, damaged hundreds of other structures and injured 28 people, said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Reuters contributed to this report.