Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

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First image: Evacuation Map, Second image: Interactive Debris Flow Risk Area Map

Update by the County of Santa Barbara
4:00 p.m., March 22, 2018

Mandatory Evacuation Orders Lifted for Santa Barbara County Effective Today (Thursday, March 22) at 5 p.m.

Recommended Evacuation Warning Lifted for the Alamo Fire Burn Areas

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with Unified Command and other public safety officials, has announced that effective today (Thursday, March 22) at 5 p.m., Mandatory Evacuation Orders will be lifted for all areas.  The Recommended Evacuation Warning issued for the Alamo Fire burn area will also be lifted simultaneously. The National Weather Service has advised that rain rates exceeding threshold levels have now subsided and are not expected to return to the area for the remainder of the storm.

Tonight, moderate to heavy showers may be experienced with possible rainfall rates reaching 0.4 inches per hour. No major debris flows are expected. Minor debris flows may occur but will not threaten populated areas.  The County will monitor this storm activity closely and will remain in communication with the National Weather Service.

This is the third of several weather systems that moved through the Santa Barbara south coast in the past two weeks.  During each of these systems, local creeks and debris basins effectively maintained water within their boundaries and were able to carry significant amounts of rock and debris. Damage was minimal and there were no debris flows resulting in significant damage. We would like to thank the public for their swift cooperation and collaboration towards keeping our community safe.

Some roads in these areas may be closed due to flooding or other hazards. Individuals returning to the area should take caution in traveling these roads and report any non-emergency hazards to the Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4100.

The County’s interactive evacuation map will be updated today to reflect changes made to evacuation orders.  Please visit ReadySBC.org to access the interactive evacuation map or call the Public Information Call Center at 833-688-5551 for assistance. 

If evacuated residents who are returning to their residences have a need for  wheelchair  or other specialized transport needs, call Easy Lift at 805-681-1180.

 

Update by the County of Santa Barbara
5:30 p.m., March 20, 2018
 
People who have not evacuated the Extreme Risk and High Risk Areas in and below the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier Burn Areas must leave now for your own safety. People in or near the Alamo Burn area are in a Recommended Evacuation Warning Area and must be prepared to leave anytime you feel threatened or are instructed to leave. This storm can cause rockfall, mudslides, flooding and debris flows. The Storm is on track to deliver its first impact tonight (Tuesday 3/20/18) and rainfall intensities are expected to cause debris flows. There will be another significant event Wednesday night with even more potential for debris flows.
 
Update by the County of Santa Barbara
4:45 p.m., March 19, 2018

Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued Effective at Noon Tuesday, March 19 for Extreme and High Risk Areas (Red, Yellow and Grey on Debris Flow Risk Map)

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with the National Weather Service and other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon for individuals in all risk levels. This means that those in Extreme Risk and High Risk areas – red, yellow and grey areas on the Debris Flow Risk Map – near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas must be out of the evacuation areas by noon Tuesday.

Individuals in the Alamo burn area are in a Recommended Evacuation Warning area.

People with access and functional needs in the Extreme and High Risk areas should consider immediate evacuation. Owners of large animals and livestock should consider relocating immediately.

Updated meteorological models by the National Weather Service indicate that there is potential for rainfall intensity of between .5 to .75 inches per hour, which could trigger debris flows at any time during the storm. In addition, the storm is expected to bring between 5 and 10 inches of rain in the foothills and mountains, significantly more total rainfall than the 1/9 Debris Flow, which brought between 3 and 6 inches to the region.

Those in the Extreme and High Risks areas are required to evacuate at noon on Tuesday (March 20). To determine if a residence or business is in the evacuation area, consult the evacuation boundaries map at ReadySBC.org or call 2-1-1.

The Red Cross will open an evacuation center at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Warren Hall, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, at noon on Tuesday (March 20). Anyone evacuated or otherwise affected by the approaching storm is welcome to find relief and comfort at this location. For assistance evacuating large and small animals, contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332.

According to the National Weather Service this storm is projected to have the heaviest rainfall and the longest duration of this winter storm season. All models indicate high confidence in rainfall totals and the duration of the storm.

According to Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, the amount of rain and the intensity is enough to cause flooding even without the impact of the recent fires. “We could experience localized flooding and road closures which are not isolated to the burn areas. The threat of rock falls, mud slides and debris flow is high,” he noted.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), the National Weather Service and public safety partners will monitor storm activity to ensure Highway 101 remains open to facilitate resident evacuations. If Highway 101 needs to be closed, CHP would do so just prior to the arrival of the intense portion of the storm. Bands of rain, timing, and intensity will guide this decision. Closure information will be communicated broadly to the public as decisions are made. Community members should go to ReadySBC.org for up-to-date information on evacuations and road closures.

 

Source: County of Santa Barbara
March 18, 2018

A Pre-Evacuation Advisory has been continued for the Thomas, Sherpa, Whittier, and Alamo Fire burn areas due to an approaching winter storm forecasted for Tuesday night. This is the time to prepare you and your family for evacuation within the next 48 hours if you live near a burn area in Santa Barbara County.

The National Weather Service forecast there is the potential for a prolonged period of moderate to heavy rainfall with this system, with highest rainfall intensities expected to occur sometime between the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22. During this time, rainfall rates will likely exceed USGS thresholds, bring a threat of significant flash flooding and debris flows in recent burn areas. The forecast currently is indicating rainfall rates per hour of .50 to .75 inches. Peak 3 hour rates of 1.00 to 2.00 inches. Total rainfall could be 4.00 to 6.00 inches in the south facing foothills/mountains.

The County, emergency officials and the National Weather Service are closely monitoring the situation and will alert the public with more information as the storm approaches. Impact areas need to prepare for an evacuation for Tuesday night through Thursday.

Public and Private schools will be providing information on closures or relocation sites as the storm get closer.

Debris flows are  predicted in or near creeks and channels. Because this storm is longer duration with total rainfall up to 6 inches in the mountains, mudslides and rockfall in or near the burn areas are possible.

If at any time during this storm, or any storm, anyone feels threatened, action should be taken to leave for high ground or a safe area. Do not wait for a notification. If an individual or family has access or functional needs, or has large animals to move, consider leaving well in advance. For more information on the risk please go to ReadySBC.org. To go directly to the Interactive Debris Flow Risk Areas map, visit ReadySBC.org/StormReadyMap. Please also standby for future updates.


Source: County of Santa Barbara
March 17, 2018

A Pre-Evacuation Advisory has been issued for the areas below the Thomas, Sherpa, Whittier and Alamo fires due to an approaching winter storm forecasted for Tuesday night . This is the time to prepare for evacuation within the next 72 hours for anyone who lives near a burn area in Santa Barbara County.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates there is the potential for a prolonged period of moderate to heavy rainfall with this system, with highest rainfall intensities expected to occur sometime between late Tuesday night, March 20 through early Thursday, March 22. During this time, rainfall rates will likely exceed USGS thresholds and bring the threat of significant flash flooding and debris flows in recent burn areas. The forecast currently is indicating rainfall rates of .5 to .75 inches per hour.

"Based on today's forecast from the National Weather Service, this is the most powerful storm of the season since the 1/9 Debris Flow," said Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

The County, emergency officials and the National Weather Service are closely monitoring the situation and will alert the public with more information as the storm approaches. Impact areas need to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation for Tuesday through Thursday.

If at any time during this storm,  or any storm, anyone feels threatened, action should be taken to leave for high ground or a safe area. Do not wait for a notification. If an individual or family has access or functional needs,  or has large animals to move, consider leaving well in advance.

For more information on the risk please go to ReadySBC.org. To go directly to the Interactive Debris Flow Risk Areas map, visit ReadySBC.org/StormReadyMap. Please also standby for future updates.

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sacjon Mar 20, 2018 04:49 PM
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

Flicka - I think there are 2 maps. 1 just showing the evacuation order zones (all red) and the other showing debris flow risk zones (red and yellow). As for the person who has been saying no one will die and nothing will be shut down, well that is someone I won't name (because if I do, this information I have given you will be deleted apparently) and he/she is either completely ignorant, or just a troll.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 01:17 PM
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"Don't leave your pets behind! There are many options for housing & care at no cost. Please call Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332 for information about emergency housing for your animals or if you need emergency evacuation assistance." From County of Santa Barbara.

TWOSCOOPS Mar 20, 2018 01:09 PM
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

Doppler radar here: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap?radar=1 . Delete “Weather Stations” as it makes the page very busy. Keep “Radar”, scroll page down to view Santa Barbara. If you are interested in this storm’s capacity for lightening, you can click “Lightening” to see if it’s wrapped in the clouds over the next few days.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 12:35 PM
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To subscribe, and help pay the freight for Edhat, go to: https://www.edhat.com/buy-subscription. It's $5 a month. To send a check: PO Box 3846, Santa Barbara, CA 93130 . Questions about membership: ed@edhat.com.

TWOSCOOPS Mar 20, 2018 11:08 AM
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2005 La Conchita major mud slide, killed 10 people. Santa Barbara was isolated during that storm, 101 north and south were closed, #154 closed. Wasn't it for a whole week? Please go to the grocery store, just in case. Comfort foods. Pet food. Gas your car. Batteries. I just finished a book I bought at Chaucer's, "Learned Optimism"...

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 12:38 PM
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Maybe you should stay off this site - attacking others is really uncool, I agree that people are getting way over the top anxious. Do what you need to do if you are in a risk zone. Other than that, inducing panic is unhelpful and sending misinformation like "parts of the town were completely shut down" is just unethical and wrong.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 12:16 PM
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TWO SCOOPS that seems a little overreactive. While slides likely will happen, the entire town isn't going to shut down. Why scare people? Jeez its rain people, they get way more than this on the east coast regularly. I realize there is real potential for slides and another debris flow, but they've done what they can by issuing the mandatory evacuation order. There is no need to terrify and alarm people. If your power goes out, chances are it won't be all over town. I will be at work so will many others. Don't worry, you won't die!

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 10:48 AM
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EDHAT - Some people (or just one miserable troll) appear to be downvoting comments that are providing information on this upcoming storm. Please do not allow these to be deleted as we need all the information we can get from our fellow residents.

therealbebe Mar 20, 2018 12:58 PM
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One other thought, Edhat - if you do insist on keeping this voting system up, maybe make the voters visible. That way we can see who is doing all the ridiculous downvoting. A little accountability would be nice.

therealbebe Mar 20, 2018 12:56 PM
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Thank you for noticing as well. Edhat, I hope you do away with that feature. The miserable trolls downvoting things like FACTS and INFORMATION try to cause those posts to go away. It's indiscriminate and doesn't make any sense. I would subscribe again but this downvoting business has got to go first.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 09:24 AM
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

SHASTA, your comment on John Wiley's site https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sbitz , re the 1995 flooding report (by Tom Fayram, btw): "Every creek between Carpinteria and Goleta spilled over its banks, and we didn't have any burn areas then." I would also add that there's more concrete covering earth now than in 1995. Example, Hollister Village concreted over an area that caught and absorbed rain. Now what? We might need water-wings to go shopping at Marketplace. If Edhat gets overloaded during storms next 3 days, I'll look for you at John Wiley's place.

Shasta Guy Mar 20, 2018 07:24 AM
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Here's a link to the County's report on the 1995 flooding. Check out the pictures at the end of the report. https://www.countyofsb.org/uploadedFiles/pwd/Content/Water/1995FloodsRpt.pdf It was absolutely crazy. Basically every creek between Goleta and Carpinteria spilled over its banks. This is what a direct hit from an atmospheric river can do to this area. When I see up to 10" forecast, I think of 1995. We won't know for sure until Wed-Thu.

Shasta Guy Mar 20, 2018 06:48 PM
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Read the 1995 report. There's a map in the picture section that showed where the downtown flooding occurred. Pay attention to the total accumulation on ridge using the link I just posted. If total rain starts approaching 10" then the creeks will be rip roaring. If you're near a creek, pay attention to the water level. In 1995 Mission creek got out of its banks downtown and then streets like Bath and De La Vina became like creeks. The lower west and lower east sides got a lot of water and cars floating down the street. If things start looking like they are going to break loose, I'll post something if I'm away. If this site is bogged down, I'll post at SBitZ.net.

Shasta Guy Mar 20, 2018 06:48 PM
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Read the 1995 report. There's a map in the picture section that showed where the downtown flooding occurred. Pay attention to the total accumulation on ridge using the link I just posted. If total rain starts approaching 10" then the creeks will be rip roaring. If you're near a creek, pay attention to the water level. In 1995 Mission creek got out of its banks downtown and then streets like Bath and De La Vina became like creeks. The lower west and lower east sides got a lot of water and cars floating down the street. If things start looking like they are going to break loose, I'll post something if I'm away. If this site is bogged down, I'll post at SBitZ.net.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 04:19 PM
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Shasta Guy, this is all very interesting, especially to see how Sycamore Canyon flooded and to think people still want to live there. However, what exactly are we supposed to do here? I live downtown near Mission Creek, and all this is doing is making me feel anxious, rather than simply staying calm and dealing with the situation. All we can really do is assess where we live, make whatever preparations we feel we need to and that is it. All these horror stories about past floods really I don't find very helpful. They just serve to foment fear and anxiety. Be positive.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 06:24 AM
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Everyone cool out. As per usual, the storm looks like it's going to skirt SB and dump most of its water further north. I think we will get about 3-5 inches, tops. Check the radar, it's doing it's usual push off of SB, so we should be fine. no need for panic or alarm. Further north like SLO, now I wish I was there, looks like they are really going to get some good drenching!

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 08:51 PM
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S.B.Hotel List for evacuees , includes discounts, (from February): https://santabarbaraca.com/content/uploads/2018/03/Storm-Evacuee-Hotel-Rate-List_Updated-2.28.18.pdf

Shasta Guy Mar 19, 2018 05:44 PM
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This is serious folks. We could even repeat 1/9. If anyone remembers the "March Miracle" from the early 90s, it looks like we may be repeating that. That wreaked havoc all over downtown SB and Goleta. All the tools for tracking this are at the weather links at SBitZ.net. John Wiley and I set up that list so you could access info directly, especially if Edhat become overloaded. Pay attention to the doppler radar, precipitation accumulation maps, and even the wind direction. I am personally fascinated by the 8km animated water vapor map because it shows the "atmospheric river" realtime. If the winds blow due north, we'll get orographic rainfall with heavy precipitation at the high elevations on the ridge. Look at the links and comment here. I absolutely love rain. Being from Northern California, I have been rain deprived here in SB. However, this is too much rain for that state of our burned chaparral.

a-1547999193 Mar 20, 2018 09:11 AM
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TO: "Where is the grey" at 5:12pm on Mar 19 - The grey area they are referring to are the the burn scars of the recent fires (Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas). I don't think many people live in those areas, but they are considered high risk now. TAGDES makes it sounds as if ALL areas are grey, but it is only those. Hope this helps!

Laxer Mar 19, 2018 05:01 PM
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I know we are all concerned about the burn area and debris flows, but what flash flooding for unburned creeks? The 2/17/17 storm dropped ~4 inches in a day and Mission Creek (where I live) almost breached its banks. This storm is supposed to be ~2.5 inches in a day, but similar total rainfall. The ground is pretty saturated from the last few storms, which was not the situation last year. All I am seeing from the NWS is "There is the potential that the Flash Flood Watch will need to be expanded to include areas outside of recent burn areas during the peak of the storm system Wednesday night into Thursday." Are we potentially overlooking another disaster by focusing on debris flows?

sacjon Mar 19, 2018 04:38 PM
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Just got a Mandatory Evacuation Order for ALL risk areas - red, yellow and grey. They're not taking this one lightly folks. If you are anywhere near these areas, get ready to leave before it starts!

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 03:46 PM
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Please keep track of what rain you get, and post it on Edhat. I'm going to put a large measuring cup outside. In case power goes out, make sure you have gas in your car, and groceries are stocked up. National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/lox/

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 03:40 PM
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Why are comments expressing hope for rain being downvoted? Are we really that sensitive now that it's not PC to want rain? Sorry for the tragedy in Montecito, but like it or not, we as a civilization depend on rainfall.

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 04:13 PM
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Sorry about what happened in Cito, saw the devastation first hand, but sorry that does not equate to we don't want rain and want a drought. I mean, it's not entirely unforseeable that a 100 year event could happen well, in 100 years.

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 03:36 PM
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Flood Watch National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 323 PM PDT Mon Mar 19 2018 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR RECENT BURN AREAS ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA... .A large and powerful storm system across the Eastern Pacific is expected to approach the West Coast through Friday. A subtropical fetch of moisture well ahead of the system is expected to bring periods of moderate to heavy rain to portions of Southwest California as early as Tuesday afternoon and continuing through late Thursday or early Friday. Flash flooding and mud and debris flows are likely in and around recent burn areas in the watch area. There is the potential that the Flash Flood Watch will need to be expanded to include areas outside of recent burn areas during the peak of the storm system Wednesday night into Thursday. Rain will likely come to an end behind the cold front sometime late Thursday into early Friday. Storm total rainfall is expected to range from 2 to 5 inches across coastal and valley areas, with 5 to locally 10 inches across the foothills and coastal slopes.

CivilEngineer Mar 19, 2018 03:35 PM
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

At least they haven't threatened to close the 101 yet. Probably waiting until tomorrow for that. Hopefully the rain intensities will be reasonable and no mudslides or loss of life. And would it be too much to ask that some of the runoff go into Lake Cachuma? Everyone stay warm and dry!

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 12:28 PM
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I'm disappointed that it seems the County has lost its courage in giving information about approaching storm. KEYT weather people are saying "moderate" rain. Why so fearful to report, and plan for, facts from the experts? It seems that a few evacuations that weren't needed (good), made y'all stub your toe, and now you're afraid to speak up too early. Back to the way it used to be.

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 08:30 AM
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It looks to me like we are guaranteed to get about 3 inches which we desperately need. And that we may get possibly more. As anyone who's lived here for awhile knows, weather events tend to skirt our little town, though they may hit others. Hopefully that is not the case and we get a deluge b/c this may be our last chance for decent rain, even for a few years.

Factotum Mar 18, 2018 09:30 PM
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Just read in the SB Botanic Garden magazine, the fire scarred country side gets 60% revegetation after the first year, and 90% after the second year after a fire. The ground will soon start holding rain water. And rains are expected now only for another month or so. But these next few months will remain very tough for all those who now live so precariously in the potential flood plains. I hope you share your stories about what we should all be thinking about, when it comes to immediate evacuation threats. How do we stay ready and live normal lives at the same time.

Factotum Mar 19, 2018 12:50 PM
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SB Botanic Garden Exec Director reports: After having more than 70% of the Garden burn, and losing several structures in the 2009 Jesusita Fire ..... the director's house and another historic structure now replaced with the Pritzlaff Conservation Center. From Ironwood: Botanists find certain wildflowers that you see only after a fire ...as herbaceous flowering plants take advantage of the clearing and release of nutrients into the soil to spring from seeds that have lain dormant for years.... these plants are called "fire followers". Their seeds are tough enough to withstand intense heat and they respond to temperature and chemical cues brought on by fire, ash, and smoke. ...It is now seen as unnecessary to reseed with non-native rye grass to control soil erosion because of this proliferation of "fire followers". Hay bales and jute netting are the preferred methods of controlling post-fire erosion until new plant life is established. The local coastal sage and chaparral are fire adapted plant communities that have evolved to depend on fires to set the stage for their renewal. ...." (From: SBBotanicGarden "Ironwood" magazine)

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 09:32 AM
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The Jesusita Fire was nowhere near the magnitute of heat as the Thomas fire. Jesusita was a normal wildfire. Thomas fire burned exceptionally hot. The Botanical Gardens were far from "devastated".

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 09:32 AM
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The Jesusita Fire was nowhere near the magnitute of heat as the Thomas fire. Jesusita was a normal wildfire. Thomas fire burned exceptionally hot. The Botanical Gardens were far from "devastated".

a-1547999193 Mar 19, 2018 08:31 AM
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That is not the case for this fire FACTO. This fire burned exceptionally hot and scarred the ground very deeply. It will be more than a year before we see any type of growth, possibly longer.

JoeG Mar 18, 2018 05:28 PM
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There needs to be community-wide urgency to this coming storm. Flows from that burn scar above Montecito and Carpinteria are still potentially catastrophic. Media outlets need to be pumping out warning information through Tuesday night. Get out of low-lying creek and drainage areas. Get to high ground and out of harms way.

Shasta Guy Mar 18, 2018 05:52 PM
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Absolutely. Here's the current hydrologic outlook link which you'll need to paste into your browser. This will get updated as we get more clarity about the magnitude and the strike point of the the atmospheric river event. People in at risk areas need to decide where they will be sleeping Tuesday night. Thanks to Edhat where we can get a head start initiated on our own. https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ039&warncounty=CAC083&firewxzone=CAZ239&local_place1=Santa%20Barbara%20CA&product1=Hydrologic+Outlook&lat=34.4234&lon=-119.7042

Shasta Guy Mar 18, 2018 04:22 PM
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NOAA just updated their Hydrologic Outlook: Preliminary storm total estimates range from 2.00 to 4.00 inches across coastal and valley areas, to between 4.00 and 6.00 inches across south and southwest facing foothills and mountains. Local amounts up to 8.00 inches cannot be ruled out along some south and southwest facing slopes.

EastBeach Mar 18, 2018 12:10 PM
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for Santa Barbara County

"The California Weather Blog" (David Swain) has a nice update for the current series of late-season storms we're experiencing. He mentions our area near the end of his post. Nice update on the snowpack as well.

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