Dashcam Video: Powerful Montecito Mudflow Lifts CHP Vehicle Off Road and Spins It Around - NBC Bay Area

Dashcam Video: Powerful Montecito Mudflow Lifts CHP Vehicle Off Road and Spins It Around

The vehicle with two officers inside floated for about 15 seconds on mud and debris unleashed by the Jan. 9 storm in Santa Barbara County

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    Dashcam Video Shows Mudflow Collide With CHP Vehicle

    An onslaught of mud and debris was captured on a dashcam Jan. 9, 2018 during the first hours of a storm that unleashed deadly mudflows in the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito. The mudflow lifted the CHP vehicle off the ground, spinning it around in the other direction before officers escaped to safety. (Published Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018)

    Dashcam video captured a terrifying wave of mud and debris as it barreled toward a California Highway Patrol vehicle Jan. 9 in Montecito and lifted it off the road. 

    The video was captured in the early morning hours of the storm, before reports of the mudflow that would eventually kill at least 21 people, injure dozens and destroy hundreds of homes. Two officers in the vehicle were responding to a report of a structure fire when they unknowingly drove into the mudflow's path.

    The onslaught of mud, rocks, tree limbs and other debris, illuminated by headlights, lifted the vehicle off the ground, causing it to spin about 180 degrees. The vehicle continued to float for about 15 harrowing seconds before it regained traction. 

    No injuries were reported.

    Two weeks after the deadly storm, some evacuated Montecito residents are being allowed to return home. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were lifted Wednesday for about 1,000 homes. Other evacuation orders and warning were lifted Tuesday, but many resident have yet to receive the all-clear.

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