A terrifying road collapse was captured on video last week in Montecito, California, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live.
The incident took place on Tuesday, January 10, and an onlooker caught the moment when a woman narrowly avoided the collapse in the area ravaged by rain and storms.
Santa Barbara County, where Montecito is located, was one of the Southern California counties hardest hit by the storm, with evacuations ordered for fear of mudslides.
The Golden State has been ravaged by a series of atmospheric rivers over the past two weeks, causing more than $1 billion in damage and 19 deaths.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are two of Montecito’s most notable residents. Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Rob Lowe and Larry David also live nearby
The video provides an aerial view of the destroyed street as a couple walks down the road.
Montecito was of particular concern to local officials because of its vulnerable position and its tragic history of similar weather. In 2018, 23 people were killed in mudslides in the area.
The clip was shot by Montecito resident Sarah Bacon, who said she started recording when she saw the people.
“From their point of view, it probably looks good. They don’t realize that the road below is eroded and a crack has already formed along the area that is about to break,” Bacon told Storyful.
The video captures the moment when the woman walks ahead of the man and is only a few feet away from the section of road breaking off.
The woman appears to be jogging when part of the road breaks off completely and falls down into the hollowed-out area below.
The woman is only a few feet from the road when it collapses in Montecito
The woman immediately jumps back before running back into the street to the man
The woman then runs back to the man as he stands away from the edge waiting for her to return.
Mud can be seen on the road all around the pair, which lies below the slopes to the right.
Broken trees and warning signs are prominent on the road that appears to have been almost completely wiped out by the storms.
In the cratered area where the road once was, huge rocks and boulders fill the space.
A road in the A-Lister town was completely flooded with rainwater (pictured), acting as a river, while residents were ordered to shelter in place
Brown water flows from gardens and homes in Montecito on January 9
On Monday, January 9, 2023, water spills over a road in Montecito, California
Pictured: Emergency services on scene in Montecito to assess flooded roads
The storms were a major concern for local officials after the city that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah call home was devastated by similar weather in 2018.
Heavy rains in January of that year caused massive flooding and mudslides.
As result, 23 people were killed while “boulders the size of houses” were carried by mud 15 feet deep down the slopes of Santa Barbara.
Montecito officials last week expressed hope to avoid a repeat of the 2018 tragedy. In the heat of the storm, evacuations and shelter orders were sent out across the city and county.
The Montecito road collapse was just one of many incidents in the state.
In a Los Angeles neighborhood, a mother and daughter had to be rescued by firefighters after the car they were in fell into a sinkhole.
Four people were trapped in the hole in two cars, but two were able to escape.
The street was completely eroded by the sinkhole created after the rain caused the road to ‘silt and deteriorate’.
Several people had to be rescued after two vehicles plunged into a sinkhole in Chatsworth
Two cars were swallowed by the sinkhole that opened last week
The sinkhole completely closed off Iverson Road in Chatsworth
Since January 1, 19 Californians have died in weather-related incidents.
The ongoing downpour caused major flooding in northern parts of the state and prompted evacuation orders and warnings for thousands of residents.
High winds left millions without power, some for days, and the conditions have yet to end. As of Monday, about 8 million people are under surveillance from flooding throughout Central California through the evening.
Experts are concerned that the rainfall could trigger mudslides and landslides in already drenched hilly areas, including Montecito.
Pictured: Harry and Meghan’s neighborhood in Montecito, California, is inundated by flooding on the exact birthday of Montecito Mudflows in 2018
Mudslides and flooding have already begun in Montecito, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live
Pictured: The water flows through Montecito, California, home to several high-profile celebrities
As of Dec. 30, more than 400 landslides have been recorded statewide by the California Geological Survey.
The rain is expected to continue through Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologists predict.
“As we head into the day on Tuesday, we look for calmer weather across much of the state, with a fast-moving additional system arriving later Wednesday into early Thursday,” said David Lawrence of the NWS.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state and offered federal funds and resources that will be much needed to help with the estimated $1 billion in damages.
Biden had previously issued an emergency declaration.
California Governor Gavin Newsom had asked him and the federal government to intervene after he declared a state of emergency for the storms.