Authorities in Southern California are working to rescue residents trapped in their homes or swept away by mud and debris following hours of heavy rain. At least 15 people have been pronounced dead and more than 25 have been injured, according to The New York Times.
Several properties in the area suffered damage as well, including Oprah Winfrey’s, who shared some of the mudslide’s aftermath via Instagram.
“Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. My property is fine.Some mud , and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru. #mudslides🙏🏾”
She also shared photos of rescue choppers saving her stranded neighbors and a gas fire near her home.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.