Flood and Erosion Prevention and Response Resources

Thomas Fire Flood and Erosion Prevention and Response Resources

FEMA: High Risk of Flooding After Historic Wildfire Season fact sheetinfographic)

Fires in our watersheds can amplify the need to prepare for winter storms. A burned watershed creates a new dynamic that should heighten everyone’s awareness. While in many cases, flooding occurs from sustained rainfall over days that triggers flood flows, a burned watershed can yield the same result, or worse, with a single rainfall that would otherwise not even cause runoff. This list of resources can help you prepare for and respond to any potential flooding and erosion that could occur this winter.

Debris Flow

It can take many years for vegetation to regrow in burn areas. Rain over an extended period creates elevated risks for flash flooding and debris flows. Awareness and preparedness is key.

Learn how to prepare and what to look for . Ready.gov provides information on signs to look for and ways to prepare if you are at risk

Flooding and Rain

Even in the midst of an historic drought, California is still susceptible to flooding, and even more so now after destructive wildfires left many areas in Northern and Southern California with dramatic burn-scarred hills.

Learn what to do before, during and after a flood from www.Ready.gov.

Thunderstorms and lightning are dangerous too. Learn about the dangers and how to stay safe .

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526