Jeff Bridges has revealed that his home in Montecito, next door to Oprah Winfrey’s estate, was “severely damaged” by the deadly mudslides that crashed through their town earlier this week and killed at least 17 people.
“Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people,” Bridges said in a tweet Thursday.
“We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community,” said “The Big Lebowski” star. “Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.”
Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people. We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community. Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 11, 2018
The mudslides have wiped out entire blocks of this upscale coastal enclave of 9,000 people near Santa Barbara, destroying some 100 homes and damaging 300 others. Dozens of people are still missing, with rescue workers are holding out hope that these missing could survive in the mud, which is as thick as 10 feet in some places.
In an Instagram video, Winfrey showed the mud that had engulfed her property and pointed to an unnamed neighbor’s property — likely Bridges, according to TMZ — which she said was “devastated.”
“My property is fine,” Winfrey said. “Some mud and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”
Images that captured the area north of Winfrey’s 65-acre estate showed severely damaged homes that were completely engulfed by the river of mud. Winfrey said her property has only sustained minimal damage.
TMZ reported that Bridges’ 3,300-square-foot home, which he purchased for $6.8 million home three years ago, could be “a total loss.” But it’s impossible to know yet because the debris made it impossible to assess the extent of the damage, TMZ said.
Photos of Gwyneth Paltrow’s home show a mud-plagued yard with parts of her property clearly damaged, the Daily Mail added.
Fellow Montecito resident Ellen DeGeneres told Winfrey, in a FaceTime conversation during her “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, that she and wife Portia de Rossi were evacuated from their home Sunday night. DeGeneres said she was glad to be back at work, drawing strength from her supportive fans.
“It’s devastating,” Winfrey said. “We’ve lost so many lives, and it’s a tiny community and nobody would’ve expected, certainly, I did not, that after we survived the fire and the rain came. Who would’ve expected we have this devastation again with the mudslides, and so soon.”
Winfrey, however, was positive that the community would bounce back.
“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. We’re going to help each other out wherever needed,” she said.
Jeff Bridges’ Montecito home was ‘severely damaged’ by mudslides