Earlier in the month, landslides devastated the community of Montecito, California, leaving at least 20 people dead and several still missing. More than a hundred buildings were also destroyed or damaged, as roads became rivers of boulders.
Experts pinned the blame on mountains rising and becoming unstable because of the region’s active faults. It's believed that these were made even more unstable because recent wildfires had scorched much of the surrounding area's vegetation, allowing much more rain into the soil.
Lindsey and Woody Thompson were among those affected by the disaster, losing their home in the space of a few minutes. The couple were so afraid, they left goodbye messages for each other in case one of them did not make it.