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Gigi & Bella Hadid Ask Fans for Their Prayers Amidst Hometown Mudslides

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A Southern California rainstorm has sent mud and debris flowing through Santa Barbara County and the town of Montecito, which also happens to be where Gigi Hadid and sister Bella Hadid grew up. The Hadid sisters took to social media to share their devastation over the mudslides, which have killed 15 people so far, with dozens of other residents still missing.

Gigi took to Twitter to ask for prayers writing, “My beautiful hometown, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. That ‘river’ is the 101 freeway. Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers.”

Bella shared the same photo on her Instagram with an emotional post that read in part, “My beautiful home town of Montecito…Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. Completely under water. I really can’t believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing.” In the caption Bella went on to admit her heart is broken over the news and asks for suggestions on websites she can donate to.

My beautiful home town of Montecito…. Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. Completely under water. I really can't believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing. For our horses, dogs, cats-all animals- that gave us happiness, who are now searching for a dry place to lay their heads.. our elementary school… The freeway to drive to school and where @mini_jk_imbig and I would walk after school.. under water. My heart is broken…. I remember when something similar happened in La Conchita about 12 years ago, so close to us and how much it took to rebuild… I can't imagine how Montecito feels now. I am so sorry. As always- Please send websites for donations. I'm ready to help. Thank you to the rescue, fire fighters and security teams in SB for staying strong and your hard work to pull out anybody and anything in sight. My love is with you so deeply SB.

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So for those who thought Gigi and Bella Hadid were raised Malibu, it turns out that isn’t the place they call home. Although we saw their late teenage lives filmed there on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this event has made it clear that the Hadids were predominantly raised in Montecito.

Gigi and Bella Hadid are not the only high-profile ladies speaking out on the natural disaster. Oprah Winfrey has a home in Montecito and gave a firsthand account of the damage, with fires still blazing and mud in her backyard.

Ellen DeGeneres, who also lives in the area, tweeted, “This is the street in front of our house. I don’t know anything about our house yet. I’m heartbroken for our community of Montecito. I’m devastated for the families who lost loved ones. I’m grateful to all the rescue workers. Please send love to Montecito.” Bella responded to Ellen’s tweet revealing that some of her friends and their families have been taken to the hospital and some are still missing.

It’s great to see these celebs using their platforms to bring awareness to the latest natural disaster to hit California, and we’d like to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by these catastrophic mudslides and flash floods in Montecito and Santa Barbara County, as well.

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