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California parish encounters flooding and mudslides on anniversary of disaster that killed 23

Most parts of California are facing hazardous weather conditions in the form of excessive rainfall, flooding and mudslides on the anniversary of the natural disaster that killed 23 people five years ago. On January 10, 2018, a disastrous mudslide generated by a similar weather condition in California’s Montecito, killed almost two dozen people. The current situation had led to the death of at least 14 people. Father Lawrence Seyer, pastor at Montecito’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, said that the disaster that took place five years ago, killed ten people related to his parish and he also expressed astonishment about the similar weather condition on the 5th anniversary of the catastrophe.

National Catholic Register reports:

Amid massive rainfall and significant flooding and mudslides in California, a substantial portion of the U.S. West Coast’s population faced hazardous weather conditions to start the week of Jan. 9.

The latest in a series of unusually strong storms that have struck the nation’s most populous state in recent weeks, much of California is currently receiving rainfall that is four to six times higher than average, CNN reported. At least 14 people have died amid the weather-related chaos.

Five years ago on Jan. 10, 2018, a massive mudslide caused by similar weather conditions killed nearly two dozen people in the town of Montecito, California.

“It’s amazing that this storm came five years to the day after the mudflow when 23 people died,” Father Lawrence Seyer, a local pastor, told CNA.

“Ten of them had a connection to our parish, and we did quite a few funerals for them five years ago. … Thank God we didn’t have that kind of destruction this time, but flooding has been the main issue.”

Father Seyer is pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, which is located on the Pacific Coast about 100 miles west of Los Angeles. The priest said he had been informed by someone at his parish that his church building remains unharmed as of Tuesday afternoon, but the nearby Montecito Creek continues to overflow its banks.

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