Photographer Roger Seheult captures intense video of mud barreling down California hillside

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Heavy rain across Southern California over the weekend and early this week resulted in landslides and debris flow that prompted rescues and damaged roads in parts of the region.

Roger Seheult had his camera rolling Monday as one of those mudflows came barreling down a hillside in the mountain town of Oak Glen, just northeast of Yucaipa.

According to Seheult’s Tweet about the incident, he was on his way to pick up his children from school when he was stopped on Oak Glen Road by the mudflow. That was when a surge of muddy debris came flowing down the hill and blocked the road in front of him.

Seheult’s video shows at least three surges of gunk came roaring across the road, each one more destructive than the next. At the end of the video, metal can be heard banging as a man looking up the hill sprints away from the area shouting, “Hey! Get out of here!” A Dumpster is seen being shoved by the mud just before the video ends.

Seheult, who survived the ordeal,  said in a tweet that he wondered what would’ve happened if he, “had been 2 min earlier.”

Landslides, debris, and damaged roads are the results of the heavy rain throughout Southern California over the past couple of days.

A picture of a mudflow after heavy rain fell throughout Southern California.
Southern California resident Roger Seheult caught a surge of muddy debris flowing down on Oak Glen Road on camera.

A picture of maintenance crews trying to clean mudslide debris on the San Bernardino Mountains, Calif.
A mudslide and flash flooding closed part of High SR-38 in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.

A picture of mudslides on Highway SR-38 in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.
The same parts of the San Bernardino Mountains in California that were hit with mudslides were also affected by the 2020 wildfires.

This is the same area where the El Dorado wildfire consumed more than 22,000 acres in late 2020. That fire was started by a couple’s gender reveal party, according to FOX News. It’s likely that Monday’s slide was a result of heavy rain over the burn scar left by that wildfire.

Late Sunday, authorities responded to a separate landslide in Los Angeles County that trapped dozens. About 50 people had to be rescued, and one person suffered minor injuries.

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