Evacuations Orders Updated
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Update by the County of Santa Barbara
4:00 p.m., January 8, 2018
A voluntary Evacuation Warning has been issued for parts of Tepusquet Canyon near the Alamo Fire Burn Area, east of Santa Maria.
This storm is expected to produce heavy rain, high winds, and extremely dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flows in and below recent burn areas. If you are in the Evacuation Warning area, you should stay alert to changing conditions and BE PREPARED to leave at a moment’s notice. You do not need to wait for a mandatory order to leave. If you feel threatened, you can make the decision to leave immediately.
Source: County of Santa Barbara
January 7, 2018
Evacuations have been issued for areas below the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire Burn Areas beginning at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, January 8, 2018, due to an approaching winter storm.
This strong storm is expected to produce heavy rain, high winds and extremely dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flows. Flash floods, mud and debris flows can happen with little or no warning. It is important that you understand the seriousness of the situation and follow the direction of authorities.
A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria including all areas NORTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Cold Springs Road, and WEST of Hwy 150/the County line. Also included in this Order are the areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and the Whittier burn areas near Goleta. People in these areas should take action to leave no later than 12 pm (noon) Monday.
A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for all areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean and EAST of Hot Springs Road/Olive Mill Road to Hwy 150/the County line. People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately. If the situation worsens or you feel threatened, leave immediately or take protective actions.
Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family, your animals and your property. If you fail to take action and decide to stay in these areas, you could be stranded with no way for rescuers to reach you if you need help.
An evacuation center will be set up and announced on Monday, January 8, 2018.To determine if your property is in the impact area, please go to www.countyofsb.org and refer to the interactive map. If you do not have access to the Internet, or need assistance evacuating, call 211 or (800) 400-1572.
County Cancels Community Meeting
Heavy rain, wind and possible flash flooding is expected for parts of Santa Barbara County beginning tomorrow afternoon through Tuesday and possibly beyond. As it may not be safe for the public to be on the roads as the storm intensifies, the County has canceled a planned community meeting tomorrow about the increased risk of debris and mud flows due to the Thomas Fire burn area. The meeting was scheduled to be at 5 p.m. at the County Administration.
With the burn scar created by the Thomas Fire, the threat of flash floods and debris/mud flows is now 10 times greater than before the fire. It is important that the public understand the seriousness of this situation and not delay in taking action to protect their self, family and property.
For information, to watch a video of the press conference held on Friday, Jan. 5, and to use the interactive Flood/Debris Flow Risk Area Map, go to www.countyofsb.org. Since the map went live on January 5, it has been viewed more than 60,000 times. If the public does not have access to the Internet or needs assistance accessing the map, please call 211 from the 805 area code, or toll free 800-400-1572.
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