2018 January Storm Information

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For other information call (833) 688-5551 or text to (805) 699-0165

Important Announcements

  • The County Office of Emergency Management developed an interactive web map for property owners to access damage assessment data for their homes and businesses at this link.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: The boil water notice remains in effect for Montecito Water District Customers. Further information on water treatment can be found on the District web site  Also see the Interactive District Boundary Map
  • EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS LIFTED FOR WHITTIER, SHERPA, AND ALAMO BURN AREAS. Press Release.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: A new Mandatory Evacuation Order area has been declared for Montecito. This area is west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. Press Release.
  • Bottled water will be distributed at three locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. This water is only for Montecito District customers in need of water. Press Release
  • For safety reasons, natural gas will be shut off to most parts of Montecito to repair the distribution system. It may take several days for gas to be restored to these customers. Specifically, the gas outage area includes the area north of Hwy 101 to Foothill/East Valley Road and East of Hot Springs/Olive Mill to San Ysidro Road. For additional gas outage info go to socalgas.com/Montecito or dial 1-800-GAS-2200 (1-800-427-2200). Most parts of the community of Montecito will also be without potable water, electricity, and sanitation for an unknown/extended period of time due to the storm. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Santa Barbara City College. See shelter information here or call 211.  
     

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Notices

Interactive Evacuation Map/Mapa Interactivo de Evacuación

EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS LIFTED FOR WHITTIER, SHERPA, AND ALAMO BURN AREAS. Press Release.

Effective 12:00 PM January 13, 2018 the evacuation warning issued for areas South of Hwy 192 between Ortega Ridge Road to the Santa Barbara County Line will be lifted. This includes the communities of Summerland and Carpinteria. The evacuation order for areas east of Toro Canyon Road and North of Hwy 192 is also lifted. ( press release)

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: A new Mandatory Evacuation Order area has been declared for Montecito beginning at 6pm this evening. This area is west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. 

Flood Preparedness and Recovery Information and Resources

Alternative Transportation Methods

Amtrak: Provides roundtrip rail service from San Luis Obispo to San Diego with stops in Ventura and Santa Barbara.  Refer to Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner Schedule here

Condor Express with Island Packers: Provides round trip shuttle transportation from Santa Barbara Harbor to Ventura Harbor. Refer to shuttle schedule here

Thomas Fire Help Air Transport: This all-volunteer group is offering free air transport (planes and helicopters) for those impacted by the Hwy 101 closure.  They are currently prioritizing those with critical jobs in the medical field and patients with critical medical needs.  For more info, visit their website.

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Road Closures

For latest traffic incidents/road closures, see the most current information from the CHP at http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

 Also see the Public Works Road Closure Map for additional information.

Flood Summary Information

View the latest summary update (JANUARY 16, 2018, 7:00 a.m.)

Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County

The Red Cross Shelter is transitioning from Santa Barbara City College to San Marcos High School in the cafeteria at 4750 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA. 93110. The shelter opened at this location at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018 for those displaced as a result of the recent fire and storm event.

A family assistance center is open at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara. Call (833) 688-5551 for more information.

  • Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 16.
  • Purpose is to provide assistance in finding friends or family who may have been affected by the storm.
  • Staffed by Sheriff, Red Cross, Behavioral Wellness, Social Services and Public Health.

Animal Evacuation Information

  • Large Animal Shelter - Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • Small Animal Shelter – Santa Barbara Humane Society
  • For assistance with large and small animals, call (805) 681-4332.

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Interactive Maps

Damage Assessment
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The County Office of Emergency Management developed an interactive web map for property owners to access damage assessment data for their homes and businesses. The map will be updated daily as the team completes their assessments.

View Damage Map


Evacuation Orders and Warnings
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The County Office of Emergency Services has developed a map which will allow the public to view areas with evacuation warnings and evacuation orders within Santa Barbara County. (NOTE: The map is continuously being updated based on the analysis by the USFS and CAL FIRE Teams assigned. Please review this map frequently to see the changes.)

View Evacuation Map

Four areas are identified that could be impacted by the Thomas and Whittier fire burn areas:

  1. Properties within the burn area:  These properties are at an increased risk from mudslides and rocks from the slopes above the property or by the debris, mud, rocks and water that is carried down the watercourses from high up on the mountain. 
  2. Properties within a 1/4 mile of the perimeter of the burn area: These properties are at an increased risk from mudslides from the slopes above the property or by the debris, mud, rocks and water that is carried down the watercourses from high up on the mountain. 
  3. Properties near a watercourse such as a creek: These properties are at an increased risk from debris flows that could cause water to spill over the banks of the watercourse. A creek that maybe dry all year can become a raging force of debris, rocks, mud and water. 
  4. Properties in the lowlands and flood zones:  These properties are at an increased risk from flooding and mud flows that could occur from large amounts of runoff from the mountains that are bare of vegetation.

 During a storm roads maybe blocked by water or rocks, therefore it may be better to either go to high ground at a neighbor's house or shelter in place. This depends on the specific location of the property you are at. You need to know the threats that surround you!


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