Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

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Santa Barbara County held a community storm preparedness meeting at Direct Relief on Thursday evening.

County of Santa Barbara public safety and flood control officials and the U.S. Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team were available to provide information and answer questions.

Several local officials attended the presentation as well. Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart said we're going into the winter season and we do not have all the answers yet but want to be completely transparent with all the information available to be prepared.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli detailed the events surrounding the Cave Fire, which burned 3,126 acres starting on November 25 and was fully contained on December 14. There were no injuries and no residential structures damaged but resulted in thousands of evacuations.

County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig discussed the ongoing risk of mud and debris flow as a new rainstorm is expected to land on Sunday. The department and surrounding agencies are increasing their staffing to prepare for the storm.

Residents were encouraged to sign up for readysbc.org for alerts and to view the updated debris flow map. Officials stated that if anyone feels threatened they should leave immediately and having first-aid kits and emergency bags would be helpful.

The full meeting can be viewed below:

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a-1576899839 Dec 20, 2019 07:43 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Looks like there are all of 20 people there. Scary. Hope everyone else is keeping up with the OEM flood maps. If it happens, there is a LOT of land that will be hit with debris flow from the Cave Fire. Many neighborhoods you would expect (looking at you, south of Hollister Ave folks)

a-1576909528 Dec 20, 2019 10:25 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

As you drive the 101 between Turnpike and the State Street exit (northbound) you'll see a cut that was made in the land for the freeway. That road cut exposes an ancient mudflow that is right below the burn area. All of the houses between the freeway and San Marcos Pass are built upon that mudflow which may again happen. Please keep a close eye on the rainfall intensity if you are in this area.

TWOSCOOPS Dec 21, 2019 10:30 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Debris flows off of mountains happen very fast. Remember what happened in Montecito (around 3:30 a.m.)? I didn't attend the meeting but watched it live on channel 20, as did neighbors. I thank all of the officials who spoke. It's a real challenge to show urgency without creating panic. Very successful meeting, especially County Flood Control presentation. Live webcams along creeks, you can watch.

a-1577037343 Dec 22, 2019 09:55 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Santa Barbara CA-San Luis Obispo CA-
946 AM PST Sun Dec 22 2019

...THE FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1130 AM PST FOR
NORTHWESTERN SANTA BARBARA AND SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES...

At 941 AM PST, doppler radar and rain gauge data indicated moderate
to locally heavy rainfall across the Central Coast. Rainfall rates
are ranging between 0.25 and 0.50 inches per hour with local
rates up to 0.75 inches per hour.

With such rainfall rates, nuisance urban flooding will continue.
Roadways and low-lying areas will be susceptible to flooding. Use
caution when driving this morning.

Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Santa Maria...San Luis Obispo...Pismo Beach...Atascadero...
Arroyo Grande...Nipomo...Vandenberg Air Force Base...Orcutt.

Shasta Guy Dec 22, 2019 10:03 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Precipitation rates are exceeding 0.5”/hr at locations west of Goleta per the one hour map at **** http://rain.cosbpw.net/home.php**** Stay alert if you are in one of burned watersheds.

a-1577039602 Dec 22, 2019 10:33 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

California Highway Patrol, CHP reports on real-time flooding, debris, trees down, or road closures (#154). Click "San Luis Obispo" for #154 by Lake Cachuma. Click "Ventura" for #154 (from Paradise) down to #101, and all of Santa Barbara, Noleta, Goleta, La Conchita. http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

a-1577041159 Dec 22, 2019 10:59 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Santa Barbara CA-
1015 AM PST Sun Dec 22 2019

The National Weather Service in OXNARD has issued a

* Flood Advisory for...

* Until 115 PM PST.

* At 1010 AM PST, Doppler radar and rain gauge data indicated
moderate rainfall moving into central Santa Barbara county. This
moderate rainfall will continue to spread eastward across the
county into early this afternoon.

Rainfall rates between 0.25 and 0.50 inches will be likely. With
such rainfall rates, flooding of urban areas such as parking lots,
roadways and poor drainage areas.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Santa Barbara...
Montecito...
Santa Ynez...
Carpinteria...
Goleta...

Shasta Guy Dec 22, 2019 02:21 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Trout Club gauge now down to 0.44”/hr. The webcam on the San Antonio Creek debris basin is looking alright. That link is here http://rain.cosbpw.net/map/?sensor_class=10%7C60&view=8bc6e88f-eeab-4281-9d92-3d723016e945

Shasta Guy Dec 22, 2019 02:46 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

There’s some activity at the SA debris basin. The concrete drain box is nearly fully submerged now. I don’t know what that means. It had been mostly exposed most of the day.

Shasta Guy Dec 22, 2019 03:22 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

The level in the SA debris basin seems to be stable. It looks like it’s just a couple inches below the very top of the drain box where it’s been for about 30 min

a-1577063812 Dec 22, 2019 05:16 PM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Flood Advisory.

* At 440 PM PST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges
continued to indicate moderate to locally heavy rainfall
across the eastern half of Santa Barbara County. Rainfall
rates were generally between 0.20 and 0.40 inches per hour,
with local rates up to 0.50 inches an hour. The rain band
has been very slow to move eastward, so the flood advisory
has been extended until 700 pm PST.

The rain will continue to cause widespread ponding of water
on roadways and flooding of low lying and intersections
this evening. In addition, there may be some minor and
shallow mud and debris flows in and around the Cave Fire
burn area.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Summerland, Refugio
State Beach, Isla Vista and Goleta.

a-1577118640 Dec 23, 2019 08:30 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Today, Monday, National Weather Service: "Showers likely before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%."

TWOSCOOPS Dec 23, 2019 08:48 AM
Residents Urged to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

Hospital Creek directions: Puente/Hollister, turn onto Puente, quickly look to your left, concrete canal is Hospital Creek, goes under Puente passing underground Goleta Water District building, makes a sharp left --behind neighborhood and meets up with Atascadero Creek -- look for bridge over Atascadero Creek on Puente, bikepath next, you can walk 1/2 mile west and see where Hospital Creek connects. An aside, most people don't know, from San Marcos High School there's a drainage that goes under Hollister and meets up with Hospital Creek...I "think" that drainage is also called Hospital. Thus, when driving from Turnpike to Station 13 of S.B. County Fire, you will have crossed it twice. It runs behind Station 13. Hospital Creek then travels UNDER the #101 freeway. It starts in the foothills, just east of #154. Hospital Creek "gets around".

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