Some parts of California are absolutely drenched

California is no stranger to winter storms that bring rain and snow, especially in the mountains, but this season is unusual for the sheer number of storms to ravage this state in rapid succession.

in Ventura County in the south CaliforniaEmergency room workers use a blue rope to help a man free himself from knee-deep, cement-like mud.

“I didn’t expect it to be this deep, but these kinds of people helped me,” says Ray, a miner whose trade is to search for mineral deposits in the land.

He has lived in the mountain community on the banks of the Ventura River for 25 years.

“The biggest danger is too much water for the ground to absorb. There are huge mountains of rocks everywhere, water builds up, and when it builds up, that’s where it comes from,” he says, pointing to the large piles of debris. mud and rocks on the riverbank.

He assesses the damage done by this last flood. “I study the weather for my local area a lot and it looks like it’s going to get worse,” Ray says. “Storms like this will become the norm. Mother Nature is probably pretty angry with us for polluting and destroying our environment beyond belief.”

For the past two weeks, this vast state has been hit by relentless extreme weather conditions that have killed at least 17 people, flooded homes and businesses, and wiped out major roads. Seeing the swollen creeks and rivers, it’s hard to believe that California is also in the grip of several years of drought.

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Tens of thousands of people have received evacuation orders, including Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as residents of the super-rich Montecito enclave that is home to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who owns a property in the town, posted a video of herself in front of a raging creek that she says is usually dry. “We should treat Mother Nature better,” she pleaded, “because Mother Nature is not happy with us.”

All major roads from the south to Montecito have been closed due to flooding, fallen trees or landslides. In the village of Casitas Springs, a man named Jason is trying to reach his home a quarter mile away from a flooded road in his truck.

“I’m trying to reach my neighbor who was bitten by the dog,” she says. “They only have a small car so they’re stuck there and we have to get him to the hospital.

“We’re also trying to get home because we have animals left alone at night because we can’t come back. There have been bad storms before, but not for a while.”

In San Francisco, they experienced the wettest 10-day period in over 150 years. Seven more inches of rain could fall in many parts of California in the next few days, as meteorologists say a “massive hurricane” is forming off the coast.

This means that for some parts of this state that are already soaking wet, the worst may be yet to come.

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