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Serious Storm Approaching; Mandatory Evacuation Order Effective at Noon Tuesday for Areas of Extreme and High Risk for Debris Flows

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with the National Weather Service and other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon for individuals in all risk levels. This means that those in Extreme Risk and High Risk areas – red, yellow and grey areas on the Debris Flow Risk Map – near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas must be out of the evacuation areas by noon Tuesday.

Individuals in the Alamo burn area are in a Recommended Evacuation Warning area.

People with access and functional needs in the Extreme and High Risk areas should consider immediate evacuation. Owners of large animals and livestock should consider relocating immediately.

Those in the Extreme and High Risks areas are required to evacuate at noon on Tuesday (March 20). To determine if a residence or business is in the evacuation area, consult the evacuation boundaries map or call 2-1-1.

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Evacuation Boundaries Map

This map shows any areas in Santa Barbara County currently under Recommended Evacuation Warning or Mandatory Evacuation Order.  This map is updated to reflect any changes in evacuations.

Debris Flow Risk Areas Map

This map shows the areas that are at Extreme Risk or High Risk. (Legend)

Evacuation Center Established at Earl Warren Showgrounds

The Red Cross will open an evacuation center at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Warren Hall, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, at noon on Tuesday (March 20). Anyone evacuated or otherwise affected by the approaching storm is welcome to find relief and comfort at this location. For assistance evacuating large and small animals, contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332.

Highway 101 Is Open

US Highway 101The California Highway Patrol, the National Weather Service and public safety partners will constantly monitor the situation and keep the public informed of any decisions.

Sandbags Available to the Public

In anticipation of future storms, community members can pick up sandbags at several locations throughout the County. Sandbags are not pre-filled and persons are limited to 25 bags. Please call for current availability.

Santa Barbara Flood Control Shop (Map)
4568 County Rd (Off of Calle Real)
Santa Barbara
(805) 568-3440
Montecito Fire Protection District (More Information)
Lower Manning Park
449 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
(805) 969-7762

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Returning to Your Neighborhood: 1/9 debris flow event

This guide provides residents returning to their homes information on home hazards after flood, safe cleaning tips, and more.

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Press Releases and other news relating to the 1/9 debris flow event, meetings and events, and recovery resources.
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Be Storm Ready

Due to the severe burn scar caused by the Thomas and other recent fires, future storms will be a concern for several years until the landscape can heal and re-vegetate.

Currently, the County is working with experts in many disciplines compiling data and research to provide residents with important information that will include an interactive map and the actions you should take to keep you and your family safe.

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Radio Ready

During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the Internet.

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105 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 833-688-5551 or 211