Ellen DeGeneres Fights Back Tears
Ellen DeGeneres held back tears as she told her talk show audience how she and her wife were forced to flee their home ahead of the California mudslides that have claimed 17 lives.
Ellen revealed she and her wife Portia de Rossi were advised to leave their $40million Montecito estate, which appears to have escaped largely unscathed from the devastating floods.
Seventeen people are still missing, 100 homes have been destroyed and another 300 damaged after heavy rains on hills stripped of vegetation by the Thomas wildfire sent tons of soil and rocks barreling towards homes.
At first she thought her property was fine, but after inspection, Oprah learned there was significant damage.
“It wasn’t until I put my boots on and I went outside walking and I realized that everything wasn’t indeed fine,” she said. “All of my neighbors’ homes are gutted… The neighbors out back, their houses are gone.”
Oprah’s home was safe, due to its location on a hill, but many others were damaged.
She remained, however, incredibly positive, adding, “We’re going to come together and we’re going to do what great Americans do all the time. We’re going to help each other.”