Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

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Map of evacuated debris flow risk areas (click here for the full map)
Update by the Office of Emergency Management
7:00 a.m., March 6, 2019

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Orders will be lifted effective at 8 a.m. today (6 March 2019). Use caution when returning to these areas.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that Evacuation Orders will be lifted for all areas in Santa Barbara County, effective 8 a.m.

Residents are advised to stay alert to their surroundings and changing conditions. Some roads may be impassable or have standing water and mud. Use caution when returning home and navigating these areas.

The evacuation center at Goleta Valley Community Center will be closed. For questions concerning animal sheltering, please call (805) 681-4332.

Evacuated residents returning home who have a need for wheelchair or other specialized transport needs, call the County’s Emergency Call Center at (833) 688-5551 for assistance.

Register for emergency alerts from Aware and Prepare at www.ReadySBC.org. En español: https://readysbc.org/es/

Todas las órdenes de evacuación para el Condado de Santa Bárbara serán eliminadas a partir de las 8 a.m. hoy (6 de Marzo de 2019). Tenga cuidado al regresar a estas áreas.


Update by the Office of Emergency Management
4:00 p.m., March 4, 2019
 

EVACUATION ORDER: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER for the Thomas/Whittier/Sherpa fire burn areas due to strong storm arriving tomorrow afternoon. If you are in a Debris Flow Risk Area you are ordered to evacuate by 4 PM on 5 March 2019 (tomorrow). To view the evacuation map, visit ReadySBC.org. Please direct questions to the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

A Red Cross Evacuation Center will open at 4 p.m., March 5 at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta

For assistance with Animal Evacuations call (805) 681-4332. 

Shelter sites include:
Dogs/Cats: Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Rd. (805) 964-4777
Other small animals: Animal Services, 5473 Overpass Rd. (805) 681-5285
Large animals: Earl Warren, 3400 Calle Real, (805) 892-4484

For questions or assistance, call the Santa Barbara County Emergency Call Center at (833) 688-5551 or 2-1-1.

If you feel threatened at any time, leave immediately; do not wait for an alert.

Free Sandbags: 

Supplies for sandbags are available through County Public Works at 4568 County Rd. off Calle Real. For information, please call (805) 568-3440 or go to the website

Residents are encouraged to stay alert to changing conditions. Emergency officials and the NWS will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates. Monitor news and weather reports, social media, cable TV channel 20, and www.ReadySBC.org

Register for emergency alerts from Aware and Prepare at www.ReadySBC.org. En español: https://readysbc.org/es/

ORDEN DE EVACUACIÓN: La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Santa Bárbara ha emitido una ORDEN DE EVACUACIÓN para las áreas quemadas por los incendios Thomas/Whittier/Sherpa, debido a una fuerte tormenta que llegará mañana por la tarde. Si usted se encuentra en área de riesgo de flujo de escombros, se le ordena evacuar a las 4 PM el 5 de Marzo del 2019 (mañana). Para ver el mapa de evacuación, visite el sitio ReadySBC.org/es. Por favor dirija sus preguntas al Centro de Llamadas del Condado de Santa Bárbara al (833) 688-5551. 


Update by the Office of Emergency Management
March 3, 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast a heavy storm arriving in Santa Barbara County Tuesday-Wednesday (5-6 March 2019).  Current models forecast rainfall rates to stay beneath debris flow thresholds. Due to ground saturation from previous storms, there is a higher potential for flooding in low-lying areas and along creeks. As with all storms, stay alert to changing conditions and take action to stay safe.  The NWS and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will continue to monitor the storm and will provide updates as needed.

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (NWS, por sus siglas en inglés) ha pronosticado una fuerte tormenta en el Condado de Santa Bárbara que llegará martes y miércoles (5 y 6 de marzo de 2019). Los modelos meteorológicos actuales pronostican que las tasas de lluvia permanecerán por debajo de los umbrales de flujo de escombros. Debido a la saturación del suelo por tormentas anteriores, existe un mayor potencial para inundaciones en las zonas bajas y en los arroyos. Al igual que con todas las tormentas, manténgase alerta a las condiciones cambiantes y tome medidas para mantenerse a salvo. El NWS y la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias (OEM, por sus siglas en inglés) continuarán monitoreando la tormenta y brindarán actualizaciones, según sea necesario.


Source: Office of Emergency Management
March 1, 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast two storms approaching Santa Barbara County.  The first storm will occur tonight through tomorrow morning (1-2 March 2019).  Rainfall rates for this storm are forecast to stay beneath debris flow thresholds.  The second storm is forecast to arrive next week lasting from Tuesday through Wednesday morning (5-6 March 2019).  This storm appears stronger than the first, though still beneath intensities require to meet debris flow thresholds.  The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management and NWS continue to monitor these storms.  Stay safe and alert to changing conditions. 

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (NWS por sus siglas en inglés) ha pronosticado dos tormentas que se aproximan al Condado de Santa Bárbara. La primera tormenta comenzará esta noche y durará hasta mañana por la mañana (1-2 de marzo de 2019). Se pronostica que las tasas de lluvia para esta tormenta estarán por debajo de los umbrales de flujo de escombros. Se pronostica que la segunda tormenta llegará la próxima semana, de martes a miércoles por la mañana (5-6 de marzo de 2019). Esta tormenta parece ser más fuerte que la primera, pero se ha pronosticado que las tasa de lluvia estarán por debajo de las intensidades requeridas para causar flujo de escombros. La Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Santa Bárbara y NWS continúan monitoreando estas tormentas. Manténgase a salvo y alerta a las condiciones cambiantes.

 
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Flicka Mar 07, 2019 11:07 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

I imagine they send messages saying there is no need to worry right now (but keep checking) because everyone knows it's going to rain and are worried about how bad it might be , especially if you live in a danger zone. .

a-1558617775 Mar 05, 2019 08:02 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

I read the earliest comments. If getting notifications upsets you, I am concerned about how you all handle stress! :-) Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. And It's Almost All Small Stuff.

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 04:21 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

To add, @1:36, if the cost of an emergency warning text message is really too much to bear financially, you can sign up for a free Google Voice phone number and sign up for alerts using that number. Of course, you will have to have wifi or other internet connection, but that is easy nowadays.

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 01:37 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Not to mention the whole idea of a notification is to warn of danger - these for the most part say, it's going to rain but there's no danger right now, so just the fact of getting a notification creates concern only to find out, there's nothing to worry about (so why even bother sending it)? But we know why - it's b/c they were blamed in part for the slides so now it's overkill.

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 01:37 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Not to mention the whole idea of a notification is to warn of danger - these for the most part say, it's going to rain but there's no danger right now, so just the fact of getting a notification creates concern only to find out, there's nothing to worry about (so why even bother sending it)? But we know why - it's b/c they were blamed in part for the slides so now it's overkill.

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 01:36 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

You must not be very busy, or have to pay for texts (like some less fortunate do), to be able to sit there and read 2 texts and 2 emails each time it rains.

a-1558617775 Mar 05, 2019 02:10 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Get gasoline, if power goes off gas stations can't pump gas. Groceries, power off, no sales. Your battery powered radio at the ready, plus fresh batteries?

pstarSR Mar 06, 2019 08:59 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

actually there is a problem, see the people complaining about getting alerts about possible flooding, this entire thread is about "not saying it again". obviously people have a problem with hearing common sense.... I for one, am not. ( and my original post was sarcastic, but the internet doesnt convey that well. if I could show you my eyes you would see it )

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 12:53 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Nothing wrong with saying it every time! It's simply common sense. We sure don't know when next earthquake is coming! What if it happens while it's raining? Now I'm stressed that my car is below 1/2 tank. I buy water every time I shop, to stock up - Sure I'll stop at some point. canned veg & beans, pet food, toilet paper, wet wipes, single dollar, etc.

a-1558617775 Mar 06, 2019 12:53 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Nothing wrong with saying it every time! It's simply common sense. We sure don't know when next earthquake is coming! What if it happens while it's raining? Now I'm stressed that my car is below 1/2 tank. I buy water every time I shop, to stock up - Sure I'll stop at some point. canned veg & beans, pet food, toilet paper, wet wipes, single dollar, etc. Gasoline is not a political or 70's issue, just something that won't work in a power outage, like ATM's!

a-1558617775 Mar 05, 2019 07:56 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

RAIN WILL BE HEAVIEST ACROSS SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND ACROSS VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING. THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. PEAK HOURLY RAIN RATES BETWEEN 0.50 AND 0.80 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGHER RATES IN THUNDERSTORMS. THE HIGHEST RATES ARE LIKELY IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR ALL OF THE FIRST AND SECOND YEAR BURN SCARS. SHOWERS WILL THEN CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY BUT WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS. RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH WEDNESDAY ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE 1.50 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS MUCH OF SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, AND POSSIBLY WESTERN VENTURA COUNTY, WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

PitMix Mar 06, 2019 02:05 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

In terms of internet courtesy, posting in all caps is considered rude. I'm willing to buy the NWS a new keyboard so they can turn off their all caps postings.

a-1558617775 Mar 05, 2019 02:31 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Pits...relax...you will still get to run around the bases, "score", and get your shiny trophy even if you whiffed/piddled the ball off the tee. Pizza afterwards too.

Shasta Guy Mar 05, 2019 07:35 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

It seems like an over reaction until something bad happens. It looks like the county’s fear is a thunderstorm gully washer scenario even though it’s impossible to predict yet where the rainfall intensity track will hit. I didn’t like getting cut off from SB in the last storm and having to come back via Bakersfield. At this point, everyone should know what to do to minimize their exposure to these risks.

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 05, 2019 07:09 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

This is a complete overreaction by the county. They are running scared for screwing up the evacuation so badly last year. I wish the Grand Jury would look into who exactly made the foolish and fateful decision to use a two lane road - a road that runs parallel to the flow, as the dividing line for evacuation that day. That decision is 100% responsible for loss of life that occurred as a result of the debris flows and was incredibly stupid. People were told they were safe, when they were obviously in harms way. Will justice ever be served for the people who were killed that day due to the incompetence of the County? How about a few people fired or even held responsible? Nope, not a chance... And please, spare me the its "better to be safe than sorry" routine... The County is overreacting because they know that they screwed up. Why wont they be held responsible?

pstarSR Mar 05, 2019 06:17 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

what other road would they have used to divide it. What other warning signs do you need to see before you take responsibility for your own safety. NO one was told they were safe, they were told to leave if they feel unsafe. They were told this is mandatory, this is voluntary. BOTH CARRY RISK. So what would you like to see, another debris flow with NO warnings. so you can point the finger again, or warnings and maybe a few ( ALIVE ) people that are grumpy because they had to stay in a hotel. ohhh boohooo.

PitMix Mar 05, 2019 01:26 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

You can have high intensities in any storm, so they are going to err on the side of caution for a few years. But with a year's recovery in the watersheds, cleaned out debris basins, and the fact that there is a low probability of seeing the same 100-yr intensities again, I would say that if your house wasn't touched by the flood last year, there is no need to evacuate this year.

a-1558617775 Mar 04, 2019 04:30 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

4-5 inches? I don't understand. I've been following using 4 different sources (like, Dark Sky, Intellicast, etc. etc.) and all 4 have backed off the initial predictions regarding duration and amount?

a-1558617775 Mar 04, 2019 05:19 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

I do not need to leave nor am I in danger. For those that are, they have to do what they feel is safest. I am merely commenting on the reports that have backed down on the amounts and such and people who must be exhausted having to keep evacuating for every storm (or not, if they so chose)

pstarSR Mar 04, 2019 04:52 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

so, why not air on the side of caution and leave just in case? this is WHAT this office does, advise you on dangers you should already be aware of.

a-1558617775 Mar 04, 2019 06:38 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

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brettmustard Mar 04, 2019 03:49 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

Rainfall rates on the cusp of exceeding the rate for debris flows, can’t rule out higher rates (which will likely happen). The National Weather Service deemed it necessary to issue a flash flood watch. Now is not the time to be playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature. If you feel unsafe where you are, like by a creek or other waterway, leave.

a-1558617775 Mar 04, 2019 03:00 PM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA. 230 PM PST Mon Mar 4 2019...."FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL BURN AREAS IN SANTA BARBARA, VENTURA, AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY..."

biguglystick Mar 04, 2019 11:26 AM
Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

I am LOVING all this rain. Keep it coming! I hate when people who live here complain about rain. We have sunshine like 350 days a year. Geez. A little weather is wonderful.

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