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2018 January Storm Information

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Important Announcements

  • 1/22/2018 6:55 PM - EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS TO BE LIFTED FOR PARTS OF MONTECITO - Transportation Available for Returning Residents with Access and Functional Needs
  • CALTRANS UPDATE: Highway 101 is now open. Material from US 101 cleanup is being stockpiled at multiple safe locations. For more information, see the Caltrans website and scroll down to Santa Barbara County.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: A new Mandatory Evacuation Order area has been declared for Montecito. This area is west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. Press Release.
  • MONTECITO WATER DISTRICT UPDATE: A Boil Water Notice / High Chlorine is in effect for many Montecito Water District Customers. Further information on water treatment can be found on the District web site and the Interactive District Boundary Map depicts areas where the Boil Water Notice has been cancelled. For Montecito District customers in need of water, bottled water will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Locations and more information can be found on the District Web Site
  • UTILITIES UPDATE: For safety reasons, natural gas will be shut off to most parts of Montecito to repair the distribution system. It may take several days for gas to be restored to these customers. Specifically, the gas outage area includes the area north of Hwy 101 to Foothill/East Valley Road and East of Hot Springs/Olive Mill to San Ysidro Road. For additional gas outage and restoration info go to SoCalGas.com/Montecito or dial 1-800-GAS-2200 (1-800-427-2200). Most parts of the community of Montecito will also be without potable water, electricity, and sanitation for an unknown/extended period of time due to the storm. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.   
  • PRICE GOUGING: Under Penal Code section 396, it is illegal to charge a price for essential goods and services that is more than 10 percent higher than the price charged immediately before the emergency declaration. If you would like to report potential price gouging, please complete a District Attorney Consumer Complaint Form, at https://countyofsb.org/da/msm_county/documents/ConsumerComplaintForm_Fillable.pdf. Forms are available in English and in Spanish.

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Notices

Interactive Evacuation Map/Mapa Interactivo de Evacuación

EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS LIFTED FOR WHITTIER, SHERPA, AND ALAMO BURN AREAS. Press Release.

Effective 12:00 PM January 13, 2018 the evacuation warning issued for areas South of Hwy 192 between Ortega Ridge Road to the Santa Barbara County Line will be lifted. This includes the communities of Summerland and Carpinteria. The evacuation order for areas east of Toro Canyon Road and North of Hwy 192 is also lifted. ( press release)

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: A new Mandatory Evacuation Order area has been declared for Montecito beginning at 6pm this evening. This area is west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. 

Local Recovery and Assistance Center

Location: Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, 93103

Dates: January 17 to February 3, 2018

Hours: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. The center will be closed on Sunday.

The Local Recovery and Assistance Center is a centralized, single point location for essential resources and services to help community members recover and rebuild. Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, hazardous materials clean-up, loss of business or employment, basic health and human services, and other topics.

Resource Packet:

County Videos

Montecito Storm Recovery Update - Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason and County Public Works Deputy Director Tom Fayram discuss the status of repairing infrastructure that was damaged during the Montecito storm.

Emergency Food Distribution Sites

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is distributing fresh produce and healthy groceries for those displaced from their homes or facing lost income or work due to the Montecito flood and the Thomas fire. No paperwork is required. A list of the food distribution sites, dates and times is available here

Flood Preparedness and Recovery Information and Resources

Press Releases

Road Closures

For latest traffic incidents/road closures, see the most current information from the CHP at http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

 Also see the Public Works Road Closure Map for additional information.

Flood Summary Information

View the latest summary update (JANUARY 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.)

Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County

The Red Cross Shelter closed Thursday, 1/18/18 at 6am. Residents in need can visit Red Cross at the Local Assistance Center or by calling 2-1-1. Services for those currently in need of shelter services will continue to be provided on a one-on-one basis.

Animal Evacuation Information

  • Large Animal Shelter - Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • Small Animal Shelter – Santa Barbara Humane Society
  • For assistance with large and small animals, call (805) 681-4332.

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Interactive Maps

Damage Assessment
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The County Office of Emergency Management developed an interactive web map for property owners to access damage assessment data for their homes and businesses. The map will be updated daily as the team completes their assessments.

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Evacuation Orders and Warnings
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The County Office of Emergency Services has developed a map which will allow the public to view areas with evacuation warnings and evacuation orders within Santa Barbara County. (NOTE: The map is continuously being updated based on the analysis by the USFS and CAL FIRE Teams assigned. Please review this map frequently to see the changes.)

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Four areas are identified that could be impacted by the Thomas and Whittier fire burn areas:

  1. Properties within the burn area:  These properties are at an increased risk from mudslides and rocks from the slopes above the property or by the debris, mud, rocks and water that is carried down the watercourses from high up on the mountain. 
  2. Properties within a 1/4 mile of the perimeter of the burn area: These properties are at an increased risk from mudslides from the slopes above the property or by the debris, mud, rocks and water that is carried down the watercourses from high up on the mountain. 
  3. Properties near a watercourse such as a creek: These properties are at an increased risk from debris flows that could cause water to spill over the banks of the watercourse. A creek that maybe dry all year can become a raging force of debris, rocks, mud and water. 
  4. Properties in the lowlands and flood zones:  These properties are at an increased risk from flooding and mud flows that could occur from large amounts of runoff from the mountains that are bare of vegetation.

 During a storm roads maybe blocked by water or rocks, therefore it may be better to either go to high ground at a neighbor's house or shelter in place. This depends on the specific location of the property you are at. You need to know the threats that surround you!


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