Ellen DeGeneres shows a brook gushing behind her home in Montecito

Ellen DeGeneres shows a brook gushing behind her home in Montecito

Ellen DeGeneres shows a brook gushing behind her home in Montecito

  • Ellen Degeneres shared a video showing how heavy rains affected a stream near her home in Montecito.
  • The city and surrounding area are under mandatory evacuation orders due to flash flooding.
  • A Montecito resident who lives by a stream also shared concerns about rising water levels.

Former TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres stood out in the rain on Monday and shared a video of a rush of water in a creek next to her home in Montecito, California, an affluent neighborhood currently subject to mandatory evacuation orders as a result of a bomb cyclone sweeping through the state.

DeGeneres in a gray rain jacket mentioned in her video that the evacuation orders came exactly five years after the deadly Montecito mudslides that killed 23 people in 2018. Mudslides also caused damage to Oprah Winfrey’s home.

“It’s madness on the fifth anniversary, when we have unprecedented rain. This stream next to our house – never flows, never – probably about 9 feet up…” DeGeneres said, pointing the camera at the gushing river behind her.

DeGeneres said in the video that she is also ready to evacuate and notes in her caption that because her home is on higher ground, she was asked to take shelter in place.

“We have to be kinder to Mother Nature because Mother Nature is not happy with us,” DeGeneres said.

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The Montecito Fire Protection District instituted a mandatory evacuation on Monday due to “life-threatening” as a result of storm conditions. Other areas of Santa Barbara County are being evacuated. The MFPD did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.

Kasey Reiter, a Montecito resident whose home was previously affected by mudslides in 2018, told Insider she quickly evacuated her two children – ages one and three – to her father-in-law’s home.

Reiter also had to help evacuate her mother by booking her a hotel, which she said was difficult because rooms are now booked by evacuees.

She said she left “quite quickly” and was unable to take much or take the time to set up sandbags to protect her home from flooding. Reiter also lives by a stream and said mud and sludge had already crept into her neighbor’s house.

“Usually a lot of people think to wait to see how it goes, but usually by the time you wait long enough when you make the decision to leave, it’s too late,” Reiter said. “I think until you go through it and see how quickly the water can go up and in a stream, for example, it’s hard to understand how serious things can get in such a short amount of time.”

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