Updated Debris Flow Risk Map Released
Update by edhat staff
The new Debris Flow Risk Map has been released ahead of Thursday night's public meeting. The full map is available at ReadySBC.org and through this link.
The highlighted areas on the new map indicate what areas will be evacuated if a storm is forecasted that may cause a debris flow. Officials state that in the event of a rapidly developing storm with little to no warning, residents living in the risk areas should have a plan to protect themselves and their family if it is not safe to evacuate.
The updated map significantly reduces the highlighted risk areas from earlier this year. The reduction is partly due to vegetation regrowth in the Thomas Fire burn areas.
Local officials are hosting a public informational meeting tonight, Thursday, December 5, at Montecito Union School (385 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara) beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live on the County's CSBTV cable channel 20 and YouTube at www.YouTube.com/user/CSBTV20.
Source: County of Santa Barbara
The Montecito Fire Department, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District, and 1st District Supervisor Das Williams is inviting the public to attend a community informational meeting in advance of the winter storm season.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5 at Montecito Union School, 385 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara. The meeting will be streamed live on the County’s CSBTV cable channel 20 and YouTube at www.YouTube.com/user/CSBTV20.
The purpose of this community meeting is to publicly release the Interactive Debris Flow Risk Map that identifies properties in our communities that may be at risk from debris flow or flooding this storm season. This map will be utilized by local emergency managers to determine what portions of the community will be evacuated if necessary this winter.
The risk map is in the process of being updated to include the most up-to-date scientific research and data gathered following the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 Debris Flow.
If a storm is forecasted that may cause a debris flow, the risk area will be evacuated. In the event of a rapidly developing storm with little to no warning, residents living in the risk areas should have a plan to protect themselves and their family if it is not safe to evacuate.
The new interactive map will be located online at www.ReadySBC.org beginning December 5, 2019. For more information on the updated risk map, please contact the Montecito Fire Department at (805) 969-7762.
Also on ReadySBC.org, residents and visitors should register for emergency alerts and download Storm Ready-Set-Go preparedness tips.
For assistance developing a family safety plan, contact a local fire department or go to https://www.ready.gov/.