As rescue workers scramble to rescue people trapped by California’s mudslides, some Hollywood stars are thankful they escaped with their lives.
At least 17 people have died and 8 are missing after powerful mudslides in Santa Barbara County. Strong rain combined with the debris from the recent California wildfires to create a huge natural disaster.
Already, more than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the mudslide danger zone, mainly in the wealthy community of Montecito.
The small town is home to a number of celebrities, who are sharing their prayers for the mudslide victims, thanking emergency workers, and assuring fans that they’re safe.
True Grit star Jeff Bridges revealed that his home was “severely damaged” by the disaster. In a tweet, the actor said he’s safe, and thanked “the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people.”
“We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community,” he continued. “Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.”
Bridges’s next door neighbor is Oprah Winfrey, who previously revealed that she had been forced to evacuate from the path of the mudslides. She shared a video of her yard filled with mud as rescue helicopters flew overhead, before assuring her fans she’s alright.
“Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. My property is fine,” she wrote on Instagram. “Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going [through].”
Oprah also appeared on Ellen Degeneres’s talk show, where the host revealed how the disaster has affected her.