In December two of the largest wildfires in history burned through southern California. The tragic fires ripped through Ventura and LA Counties and left many homeless. Just when the people in Ventura County were able to get back in their homes and thought they could get their lives back to normal, they were all just forced to evacuate again and were just hit with even more devastating news.
Today on her show, ellen, Ellen Degeneres shared with her audience and viewers the current condition of her neighborhood. She also FaceTimed with her friend and neighbor Oprah to show everyone the latest devastation that just struck her SoCal neighborhood in Montecito. Unfortunately Ellen and her wife, Portia have learned that no amount of money or fame can protect someone from the devastation that Mother Nature can bring.
According to Hollywood Life, “This room is always so full of positivity and love and today I really need it,” Ellen Degeneres, 59, started off her talk show on Jan. 11. The host continued to detail how she and her wife Portia de Rossi, 44, were forced to evacuate from their Montecito, CA home last month after massive fires overtook the area. When the location was expected to receive rain the week of Jan. 7, people had to leave again as a precaution in case mudslides occur.
Of course, those fears came true, with the mudslides devastating the area and killing 17 people. “They’re finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it’s catastrophic. It is beyond recognizable,” Ellen said.
To really show how disastrous the damage was to the area, Ellen got Oprah Winfrey, 63, on the phone to show what her Montecito property now looks. “Where I am now, which is the east side of my property, I was walking down here and all of my neighbors’ homes are gutted. I’m standing right now still in a lot of mud but not as much as yesterday,” Oprah said as she trekked through mud that appeared to come up all the way to her knees. “I walked out back, you know, where we share a fence line and the neighbors out back they’re houses are gone. It’s as devastating as can be.”
After being joined by Ventura City County firefighters, the women asked Captain Tim Maples about the destruction. “We’re still in the rescue mode at this point and searching for any victims who could be in this debris field” Maples said about the 200-300 feet wide area covered in mud. Before signing off, Oprah discussed that even though the effects have been traumatic, the community will work together to overcome the damage.
“But we’re going to do what we do. We’re going to come together and we’re going to do what great Americans do all the time,” she said. “We’re going to help each other. We’re going to help each other out wherever needed.” Well said, Oprah.
I think Oprah said it perfectly. We are going to come together and we are going to do what great Americans do all the time. We are going to help each other. It can be so heartbreaking to see how fast people’s lives can be forever changed. The search and rescue teams have been working nonstop since the mudslide happened.
They are working in teams to searching for many who are lost. At least 17 were killed and over 100 homes were destroyed during the mudslide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and the families of those who were affected by the tragic fires and mudslides. And to the first responders who put their lives in danger to help those who need it.