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The video above shows the dramatic footage of 14-year-old Lauren Cantin being rescued by firefighters after a massive mudslide hit Montecito, California.
The girl was discovered after firefighters searching the area with canines heard a scream, according to NBC News.
The rescuers initially had a hard time pinpointing exactly where Cantin was because of the heavy rain that was falling, but eventually they were able to find where she was and began to dig in order to save her.
It took the use of jaws of life, along with other tools to finally free the teen after six hours Tuesday morning.
“I thought I was dead there for a minute,” Cantin, covered head to toe in sludge as she was pulled out of the devastating mudslide, told rescuers.
Though she needed some assistance, she was able to stand and walk before being taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Heavy rainfall and mudslides have devastated Southern California, and at least eight people have been killed due to the conditions, CNN reported.
In addition, “six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were ‘wiped away from their foundations’ by mudflow and debris,’” Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said, according to the news site.
In addition to Cantin’s rescue, emergency responders saved several others, including motorists as the mud reached waist-level, after they failed to evacuate despite warnings to do so.
Over 1,600 people in Santa Barbara County lost power due to the natural disaster, KSBY reported.
Read on for further videos and photos of the devastation:
“The largest fire in #California history, #ThomasFire, continues to terrorize with today’s storm,” @juliangonzalez tweeted. “Picture is #Montecito, US HWY 101 covered in #mudslide”: