COMMUNITY INVITED TO 1/9 DEBRIS FLOW VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE EVENT

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COMMUNITY INVITED TO 1/9 DEBRIS FLOW VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE EVENT
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Source: Montecito Fire Department

As we approach the fourth anniversary of the 1/9 Debris Flow, our community will once again come together for a commemorative ceremony, Raising Our Light, on Sunday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising Our Light ceremony will take place virtually and be available to watch through multiple live-streaming platforms.

Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor will provide an invocation and firefighters will light 23 candles to honor the 23 lives lost in the Debris Flow, followed by a moment of silence. Bells will ring out 23 times from our local churches and schools. A searchlight will be illuminated at Montecito Union School as a beacon of community support and solidarity.

Raising Our Light 2022 can be viewed via livestream on the following websites:

Zoom via Westmont College: https://westmont.zoom.us/j/96145574354 Westmont College YouTube Channel: youtube.com/westmonttv

KEYT NewsChannel: www.keyt.com

Raising Our Light is a collaborative effort by the Montecito Community Partnership Team including: Montecito Fire Protection District, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, Montecito Association, Montecito Journal, Montecito Union School District, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness, Cold Spring School District, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Westmont College.

It is a normal experience for the anniversary of a disaster to bring forward feelings of fear, anxiety and sadness. Be gentle with yourself and seek support from family, friends and the Community Wellness Team which was created following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. The Community Wellness Team remains active and available to provide emotional and mental wellness support for our community. The team can be reached by calling 805-364-2750.

Thank you to the Raising Our Light 2022 event sponsors: Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, Westmont College, Montecito Association and Montecito Journal.

For more information, visit https://sbbucketbrigade.org/event/raisingourlight/ or call Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade CEO, Abe Powell at 805-568-9700.

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Chip of SB Jan 07, 2022 01:34 PM
COMMUNITY INVITED TO 1/9 DEBRIS FLOW VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE EVENT

I think this is a good opportunity to raise awareness of the debris flow and flooding hazard that continues to threaten our community. Four years later, and little has been done to mitigate the inevitable debris flows and flooding that will occur in the future. Please see the UCSB paper linked below that outlines some of the threats our community would face in the event of a post-fire rain. In particular, take note of the map on page 43 showing the predicted flooding that would occur in the city of Santa Barbara. In order to protect our community, we urgently need to upgrade the woefully undersized debris basins, especially the basin tasked with protecting SB city from the mission canyon watershed. There is much work that needs to be done.

https://bren.ucsb.edu/media/2011/download

JoeG Jan 10, 2022 12:05 PM
COMMUNITY INVITED TO 1/9 DEBRIS FLOW VIRTUAL REMEMBRANCE EVENT

Awareness. Agreed. This was an incredibly tragic incident. Hopefully lessons were also learned on the egregious mistakes made regarding evacuation warnings that fateful day. The vast majority of deaths occurred in a “voluntary” evacuation zone (that was directly down hill from the burn scar and predicted rainfall). Sadly, unsuspecting residents were given a false sense of security. Debris flows go down hill, and down drainages. There’s no reason to think they stop at Highway 192.

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