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At least 15 dead, hundreds trapped after California mudslides

Weeks after raging wildfires impacted much of the state, heavy rains Tuesday prompted mudslides across Southern California that have been blamed for at least 15 deaths.

Additionally, mud and debris had trapped about 300 people in their Montecito community as of Wednesday. Searches continue in the area for dozens of missing people.

Dozens of others have already been rescued by emergency personnel — including the U.S. Coast Guard, which flew helicopters over the affected area Tuesday.

One team was able to rescue a family of five, including three young children, from a rooftop in Carpinteria, according to CNN.

A number of major roadways in the Santa Barbara area will remain closed in the near future as their flooded and mud-covered surfaces are cleared.

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