Oprah Is Ankle Deep in Mud as Flood Follows California Fires (Video)

Video posted on Winfrey’s Instagram shows extent of damage caused by mudslides in her literal backyard

Last Updated: January 10, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

Oprah Winfrey is among the residents of communities affected by mudslides centered near affluent Montecito, Calif. this week after rainstorms flooded areas already damaged last December by powerful wildfires. On Tuesday, the mogul honored Sunday at the Golden Globes, posted a video to her Instagram account showing some of the damage to her neighborhood.

Thirteen people have died, with at least 25 other people injured by the mudslides that began early Tuesday morning. In addition to deaths and property damage, the mudslides also ruptured a gas line and closed part of the 101 freeway.

In her videos, Oprah gave followers a glimpse of what that looked like on the ground. One video showed the fire that erupted from the broken gas line; another showed a helicopter flying overhead looking for survivors; another showed the damage on Oprah’s property, with mud at least ankle deep in her backyard.

See the three videos below.

What a day! Praying for our community again in Santa Barbara. Woke up to this blazing gas fire. then swipe left to see how deep the mud is in my backyard. Helicopters rescuing my neighbors. Looking for missing persons. 13 lives lost. #Mudslides.

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