Local Agencies Survey Storm Impacts on Monday

Santa Barbara City Firefighters assessing storm damage on Monday, February 5, 2024 (courtesy photo)

Public agencies have been surveying storm damage throughout Santa Barbara County early Monday.

The intense storm that whipped through the area on Sunday prompted numerous evacuation orders, including a neighborhood in downtown Santa Barbara.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting moderate rainfall on Monday and Tuesday with a small chance of thunderstorms. The storm system will move across Southwest
California with the heaviest rain falling on Monday.

Rockslide from the storm on February 4, 2024 (Photo: City of Santa Barbara)

Most areas on the South Coast received three to five inches the past three days with one rain tracking location of E. Camino Cielo recording over seven inches of rain.

A Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday, but the Flash Flood Warning has expired.

With the bulk of the storm now gone, residents and local authorities are looking to clean up the damage.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department reports a “Post-Storm Damage Assessment” is in progress. First responders are on the ground conducting thorough damage assessments in affected areas.

Santa Barbara City Firefighters assessing storm damage on Monday, February 5, 2024 (courtesy photo)

“Certain areas are cordoned off as our teams evaluate storm damage. For your safety and ours, please respect barriers and signs indicating restricted access. Patience is crucial for a thorough assessment,” the Santa Barbara City Fire Department stated on social media.

Santa Barbara County Public Works Department reports that within 24 hours, the sensor at Atascadero Creek near Patterson Ave outside of Goleta went from 2 ft to 10.6 ft and back down to 3.4 ft.

Before and after photos of Atascadero at Hospital Creek between Turnpike and Puente. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Public Works Department)

Santa Barbara County officials are asking residents to report storm damage at readysbc.org.


Edhat Staff

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