The Swish Swish singer updates fans about the fate of her and her parents' homes in the devastated area

By Mackenzie Schmidt
January 11, 2018 10:05 AM
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Katy Perry took to Instagram Wednesday night to share an update about her “hometown” after deadly mudslides swept through the area.

“The past 48 hours has been incredibly devastating for my hometown of Santa Barbara & Montecito with insane mudslides wiping out homes and taking over 15 people’s lives with 25 still missing. This is a small community that has just gone through #thomasfire devastation,” wrote Perry, 33, referencing the wildfire that wreaked havoc on the same region just a month prior. In December, she shared on her social media pages that her parents had to evacuate their home in Santa Barbara County on her mother’s birthday.

“My house and my parents’ house are ok but are in walking distance of the area affected…” she continues. “Montecito is my sanctuary and where I have made my past couple of records… I know #805STRONG will survive but we appreciate your prayers and when I know information on how you can help I will post.”

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Credit: Katy Perry Instagram Story

Several other stars who live in the coastal towns have shared updates about the toll the mudslide has taken on the area — an affluent enclave northwest of Los Angeles —and their own homes.

Oprah shared videos of a gas fire visible from her 65-acre estate in Montecito and rescue helicopters circling overhead. In a post showing the television mogul wading through knee-deep mud in tall rain boots in her yard, she showed where a fence had been washed away and her neighbor’s house severely damaged.

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Rob Lowe’s interior designer David Phoenix told PEOPLE Wednesday that the Code Black actor’s historic home was spared because it’s at a higher altitude not affected by the slide.

The mudslide, which was caused by torrential rain on Tuesday falling on earth recently scorched by wildfires, has claimed 15 lives with many more injured or missing.