Moment Montecito road collapses near Harry and Meghan's home

Shocking moment road collapses and almost engulfs female walker in Montecito near to where Prince Harry and Meghan live during California’s unrelenting atmospheric river

  • Video shows the moment a woman narrowly avoids a road collapse in California
  • The collapse occurred in Montecito, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live 
  • The video was taken on Tuesday, January 10 after a series of storms 
  • In 2018, 23 people died in mudslides in Montecito, Santa Barbara County
  • 19 people have been killed in the Golden State from weather-related incidents since December 26 

A frightening road collapse was caught on video last week in Montecito, California, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live. 

The incident happened on Tuesday, January 10, and one spectator caught the moment a woman narrowly avoided the collapse in the area which has been battered with rain and storms. 

Santa Barbara County where Montecito is located was one of the Southern California counties hit hardest by the storm, with evacuations ordered out of fear of mudslides.

The Golden State has been pummeled by a series of atmospheric rivers over the past two weeks as more than $1 billion in damage has been done and 19 have been killed.

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 in the area

The video gives an aerial view of the destroyed street as a couple is seen walking on the road. 

Montecito was of particular concern to local officials due to its vulnerable position and its tragic history with similar weather. In 2018, 23 people were killed in mudslides in the area. 

The clip was taken by Montecito resident Sarah Bacon who said she started recording when she saw the people. 

‘From their point of view it probably looks fine. They don’t realize that the road is hollowed out underneath and that a crack has already formed along the area that is about to break,’ Bacon told Storyful. 

The video captures the moment the woman walks ahead of the man and is mere feet away from the portion of the road that breaks off. 

The woman appears to be jogging as a portion of the road completely breaks off and falls down into the hollowed-out area underneath. 

The woman is just feet away from the road when it collapses in Montecito 

The woman immediately jumps back before running back up 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.  

Around the couple, mud can be seen strewn onto the road, which is located under slopes off to the right.  

Broken trees and caution signs are featured prominently on the road which looks to have been wiped out almost completely by the storms. 

Inside the cratered out area where the road once was, massive rocks and boulders fill the space. 

One road in the A-Lister town was completely flooded with rainwater (pictured), acting as a river, as residents were ordered to shelter in place

Brown water is seen gushing from gardens and homes in Montecito on January 9

Montecito is home to a host of A-list celebrities, including Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston (pictured left to right)

Water runs down a road in Montecito, California on Monday, January 9, 2023

Pictured: Emergency crews on the scene in Montecito assessing the flooded roads

The storms were a major concern for local officials after the town where Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Oprah call home, was destroyed in 2018 by similar weather. 

Heavy rainfall in January of that year triggered massive flooding and mudslides. 

As a result, 23 people were killed as ‘boulders the size of houses’ were carried by mud that was 15 feet deep down the Santa Barbara hillsides. 

Montecito officials last week noted their hopes to avoid a repeat of the 2018 tragedy. Evacuations and shelter-in-place orders were sent out throughout the city and the county in the thick of the storm.

The Montecito road collapse was just one of the numerous incidents across the state. 

In one 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 inside the hole in two cars but two were able to escape. 

The street was entirely compromised by the sinkhole which had opened up after the rain caused the road to ‘sluff and deteriorate.’ 

Several people had to be rescued after two vehicles plummeted into a sinkhole in Chatsworth

Two cars were swallowed into the sinkhole which opened up last week

The sinkhole completely shut off Iverson Road in Chatsworth 

Since January 1, 19 Californians have died in weather-related incident. 

The consistent downpour caused major flooding in Northern areas of the state and sparked evacuation orders and warnings for thousands of residents. 

High winds left millions without power, some for days, and the conditions have yet to cease. As of Monday, roughly 8 million people are under flood watches through the evening in Central California.

Experts are concerned the rainfall could trigger mudslides and landslides in the already drenched hilly areas, including Montecito. 

Pictured: Harry and Meghan’s neighborhood in Montecito, California is inundated by flooding on the exact anniversary of 2018 Montecito Mudflows

Mudslides and flooding have already begun in Montecito, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live 

Pictured: Floodwaters are seen flowing through Montecito, California, home to several high-profile celebrities

Since December 30, more than 400 landslides have been recorded by the California Geological Survey throughout the state. 

The rain is expected to continue through Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologists are predicting. 

‘As we push into the day on Tuesday, we’re looking for quieter weather across much of the state, with one fast-moving additional system arriving for later Wednesday into early Thursday,’ said David Lawrence with the NWS. 

On Saturday, U.S. President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state, offering up federal funds and resources that will be desperately needed to assist with the estimated $1 billion in damage. 

Biden had previously issued an emergency declaration. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom had asked him and the federal government to step in after he declared a state of emergency for the storms.  

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