As Death Toll Rises, More Celebrities Are Affected By California's Mudslides

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As Death Toll Rises, More Celebrities Are Affected By California's Mudslides


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.

News footage shows a house caught in the mudslide's path.NBC News

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.

Bridges's home in Montecito is said to be worth $6.8 million.Variety / Reuters

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.

Like Winfrey, Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi were forced to flee their home during California's wildfires.

The TV host revealed the same thing happened during the mudslides, and shared footage of the flooded 101 highway near her home. "Montecito needs your love and support," she told her fans.

Degeneres and Winfrey also spoke about their shared experiences over FaceTime on Thursday's episode of Ellen. Winfrey described waking up in the middle of the night to find her property had been damaged.

One of the celebrities getting the most attention during this disaster is Rob Lowe. The West Wing star, who also lives in Montecito, was forced to evacuate during the disaster.

Lowe's sprawling mansion wasn't damaged by the mudslides.PaperCity / Mary Nicols

The actor tweeted that he was "praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come,: before clashing with actress Bella Thorne on social media.

Thorne, apparently unaware of the disaster, complained about highway 101 being closed.

"This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I'm sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker," Lowe fired back.

Thorne later apologized for her tweet, saying she wasn't "caught up" with the news.

We're praying for the victims, rescue workers, and everyone else affected by this disaster!

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