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By John Wiley
We were curious about silt buildup in Jameson Lake from the deluge on the Thomas Fire burn area. As we climbed up to fly over the flood area we got this pic of it, and one of the catch basin above Carpinteria. There's somewhat of a catch basin above the North bank of Jameson, but it had already been silted up before the fire so I was surprised the lake didn't look much different. It's presumably lost capacity though, due to silt from the entire watershed above it being burnt bare. The catch basin at the North end of Santa Monica Creek above Carp caught a lot of boulders and debris. I'll also post a pic of the smaller catch basin in Toro Canyon on SBitZ.NET and both of those probably saved many homes downstream because the downpour was relatively brief.