US Man hailed as a hero for rescuing baby from mudslides

09:07  11 january  2018
09:07  11 january  2018 Source:   CBS News

Devastated by mudslides, Montecito has nowhere for debris and more rain is on the way

  Devastated by mudslides, Montecito has nowhere for debris and more rain is on the way The massive cleanup effort is still taking place, with debris ending up at fairgrounds and the beachMud, cars, and remnants of 100-year-old trees now fill 11 debris fields in Montecito.

Montecito man hailed as a hero for rescuing baby from California mudslides . "Went into this pile and down in the muck in the middle of nowhere, there was a little baby . This little child just in the mud , up to its tangled in the roots and metal and the rock and if we weren't standing within two feet of that

A Southern California man is being hailed as a hero after what he did during the recent mudslides that have claimed the lives of over a dozen people. The baby Johnson rescued was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Berkeley Johnson © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Berkeley Johnson

MONTECITO, Calif. -- First Berkeley Johnson heard the roar, then he saw the rush of mud.

"Coming up from the river was just trees dropping, and then I saw it, probably 20 feet high of just rock and cars and trunks of trees, and I just ran for it," Johnson told "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor. So he got up on a roof, but said he thought he could die.

a lobster in a forest: Devastating mudslides in Southern California © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Devastating mudslides in Southern California The wall of dirt and debris left his home and the neighborhood devastated, with power lines down and trees piled up. But in the darkness, he heard a buried cry of life.

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  Jeff Bridges' home 'severely damaged' in California mudslides The home could be a total loss."Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people," he tweeted on Jan. 11. "We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community. Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.

Man hailed as a hero for rescuing baby from mudslides . "We had waist deep mud raging through my house, every inch of my house," he said. Major roads were swamped, trapping many in their homes.

She calls him a hero . He said he's something else. An email from a grateful Oklahoman stated, "I was one of the unlucky souls who was caught in the flash flooding on Broadway Extension and Northwest 50th Street.”

Sheriff "amazed at the intensity" of Southern California mudslides, storm

"I don't know how we heard it because it was so loud," Johnson said. "Went into this pile and down in the muck in the middle of nowhere, there was a little baby. This little child just in the mud, up to its... tangled in the roots and metal and the rock and if we weren't standing within two feet of that thing we wouldn't have ever heard it."

The firefighters got in there and grabbed her, as she was covered in mud.

"The girl's OK. Unbelievable. If you've seen ... there's just no way we should have found that child," Johnson said.

At the Johnsons' Wednesday, where everything seemed lost, a little luck was found: The family discovered the bunny they had lost a day earlier. And it was all caught on camera.


California storm: Cars swept away, body pinned against home .
LOS ANGELES — In the dark of night, Thomas Tighe saw two vehicles slowly being swept away by a river of mud and debris flowing down the road in front of his house in Montecito, California. Daybreak brought a more jarring scene: a body pinned against his neighbor's home by a wall of muck.Tighe is CEO of Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara, California-based charitable organization that helps disaster victims. This time, the disaster was "literally in my backyard, and front yard," he said by phone from Montecito, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.The scene left Tighe shaken.

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