Evacuation Orders Lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday

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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  1. We’ve seen good rainfall in the valley with this storm (>1″ in the Cachuma watershed), and the lake was at 63.3% last I looked. Hope the next storm adds to that and stays below damaging rainfall rates.

  2. Song lyrics: Happy by Pherrell Williams: Huh, because I’m happy. Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Because I’m happy. Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Because I’m happy. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Because I’m happy. Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do!

  3. The same thing happens if you contribute to any non-profit or political entity: They pass your email adrs around until you are so inundated, you become no longer active at all. Apathy due to overload! Really stupid to disenfranchise those who believe in your cause or candidate.

  4. I also agree with most here in that one message is enough IF we’ve signed up to receive them. It gets to be like the Boy that cried Wolf as far as the County goes.
    We got so tired of getting woken up in the middle of the night living nowhere near SB, that we finally turned off the “Emergency Alerts” found under “Setting” on our iPhones. BTW, the constant “Amber Alerts” were getting annoying too with most nowhere near SB County, so those got the mute too.

  5. As of right now, 7:30 am Sunday morning, Cachuma is sitting at 64.1% of capacity.
    Let’s hope the predicted storm on Tuesday-Wednesday can bring it up to 65% or a bit better.
    It’s a huge lake & filling from here on will take a lot due to the fact it widens.

  6. 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…”

  7. Hate to rain on your parade :>) but…we get 283 days of sunshine a year, better than the 205 nat’l average but guess you haven’t been here for May gray, June gloom, can’t see the sky July or Fogust.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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