Montecito, home of Ellen DeGeneres, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, ordered to evacuate due to mudslides
Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the entire Montecito community were forced under mandatory evacuation orders by Santa Barbara County officials due to mudslides from a heavy storm.
Ellen DeGeneres shared a video on Instagram of a lake overflowing next to her home as she prepared to leave the wealthy city about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
“Montecito is under full evacuation, the whole town,” she said. “This is the five year anniversary of the fire and mudslides that killed so many people and people lost their homes, their lives. This is crazy… on the five year anniversary. We have unprecedented rain.”
The city is also home to Katy Perry, Chris Pratt, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Aniston. Montecito local Rob Lowe made his directorial debut with the 2020 film “Madness in the Hills”. He joined the devastating 2018 mudslides that killed 23 people after the Thomas Fire burned for more than a month in 2017.
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DeGeneres said, “This creek by our house never — ever — flows. This is probably about nine feet high, and it’s going to go another two feet.”
“We have to be better than mother nature because mother nature is not happy with us,” said Ellen. “We all do our part. Stay safe everyone. Yikes.”
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The former talk show host captioned her post, “Montecito is under mandatory evacuation. We’re on higher ground and they’ve asked us to shelter in place. Please stay safe everyone man.”
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Santa Barbara County officials announced immediate evacuation orders for the entire Montecito community early Monday afternoon.
The orders included, “all 15 zones of the Montecito Community, all residents of Toro Canyon & Padaro Lane in the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District & all residents of Sycamore Canyon in the City of SB and Montecito.”
Immediate evacuation orders were also issued for nearby areas of Carpinteria.
It is not clear which stars were evacuated or sheltered in place. Harry is currently in New York City where he will appear on Colbert on Monday night.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Harry and Markle’s rep for comment.
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