Ellen DeGeneres shows Creek cascading behind her Montecito home

  • Ellen Degeneres shared a video showing how the heavy rain has affected a creek near her Montecito home.
  • The city, as well as surrounding areas, are under mandatory evacuation orders due to flooding.
  • A Montecito resident, who lives by a creek, also shared concerns about the rising water levels.

Former TV host Ellen DeGeneres stood in the rain Monday and shared a video of a wave of water in a creek at her home in Montecito, California, an affluent neighborhood currently under mandatory evacuation orders as a result of the bomb cyclone that is shooting through the state.

DeGeneres, wearing a gray rain jacket, mentioned in her video that the evacuation orders come exactly five years after the deadly Montecito mudslides, which left 23 people dead in 2018. The mudslides also resulted in damage to Oprah Winfrey’s home.

“This is crazy on the fifth anniversary of our unprecedented rain. This creek next to our house — it never, ever flows — probably about 9 feet up…” DeGeneres said, pointing the camera at a rushing river behind her.

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

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

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The Montecito Fire Protection District enacted a mandatory evacuation on Monday due to “threats to life safety” resulting from storm conditions. Other areas in Santa Barbara County are also under evacuation. MFPD did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Kasey Reiter, a Montecito resident whose home had previously been affected by landslides in 2018, told Insider that she quickly evacuated with her two children — ages one and three — to her in-laws’ home.

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

She said she left “pretty quickly” and didn’t manage to grab much or take the time to put down sandbags to protect her home from water damage. Reiter also lives by a creek and said mud and silt has already crept into his neighbor’s home.

“Usually a lot of people think to wait and see how it goes, but usually by the time you’ve waited long enough where you’ve made a decision to go, it’s too late,” Reiter said. “And so I think it’s until you’ve lived it and see how fast that kind of water can rise and in a creek, for example, it’s hard to understand how serious things can get in such a quick amount of time.”

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