DEALING WITH DISASTER DISTRESS

 

  • Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care offers FREE support counseling for ANYONE suffering a loss.
  • Disasters, especially those with great loss, have the potential to cause emotional distress.
  • If you or someone you know is struggling during or after this disaster, please know you are not alone.

MUDSLIDE UPDATE: Jan 21 Briefing, News & County Updates

We are at the edge of recovery and our objective is to make a new normal.
The 101 is open. Drive with EXTREME CAUTION and plan for EXTRA TIME as traffic is expected to move slowly in both directions as there will be heavy truck and equipment traffic participating in the continued recovery efforts.
We have to prepare for the next storm.  We need to evaluate and identify our new risk areas so that we can be aware and prepare.
 
NEXT COMMUNITY TOWN HALL
  • TomorrowMonday, Jan 22 at 4 PM at La Cumbre Junior High School
  • Will be broadcasted by KEYT
WEATHER FORECAST
  • Most of the week: Mild, breezy, some clouds. No current watches or advisories.
  • Thu/Fri, Jan 25/26: Chance of showers
  • Are you RAIN READY? View Storm Preparedness and Recovery Information online at http://countyofsb.org/rainready.sbc.
LOCAL RECOVERY & ASSISTANCE CENTER
  • Now open through Feb 3 at Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara located at 1 North Calle Caesar Chavez. The Center is a one-stop shop for assistance from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides to recover, rebuild and heal.
  • Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is hosting a support station in the Center providing counseling, music therapy and pet therapy.
  • HOURS: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PMSaturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; CLOSED on Sunday.
  • TOLL FREE INFO 833-688-5551
CASUALTIES & STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
  • Fatalities: 21
  • Missing: 2 (both minors)
  • Storm-related Injuries: 28
  • Properties Destroyed: 119
  • Properties Damaged: 263

Where did fatalities originate from and where were they found?

  • There are three basic water courses hit by this incident: 1) Montecito water course that was struck the hardest and most violent; 16 persons were found adjacent to this area.  2) The San Ysidro Creek water course; 4 persons found adjacent to this area.  3) The Romero Creek water course, 1 fatality found.
  • From the Mandatory Evacuation Area, 4 persons originated here and are deceased. At the border between mandatory and voluntary on East Valley Road, there were 12 victims (11 deceased and 1 still missing).  Below East Valley Road, there were 7 victims (6 deceased and 1 still missing).
Our Search Continues
  • We continue to be committed to finding our missing, and the search is ongoing. We have 20 search dog teams searching and researching areas several times over.
  • This work is very difficult, as we debris piles as large as 20 ft high by 40 ft wide. In addition, there are some areas that search teams still have not been able to safely access.
  • We now enter new phase of our search process as we begin repopulation. Please continue to be vigilant and help us as our search continues.
OPERATIONS
  • Our Emergency Operations Center continues to run at the highest level (Level 3) as we continue towards recovery, and partner with FEMA and AOS.
  • In addition to searching for the missing, our priorities are repopulation and returning our community back to a new normal.
  • Structure inspection is in process; and 200 of the 300 damaged homes have been inspected to determine habitability.
  • We have to prepare for the next storm.  We have an updated Storm Response Plan that is evidence based. We had our first meeting with data and a new map that will highlight high and low energy areas. The storm taught us a lot and it changed our water courses. We have new thresholds for storm predictions that we need to evaluate to identify our new risk areas so that you can be aware and prepare.
  • Red Cross: You need to know that most of the folks who work for the Red Cross are volunteers…they are not paid.
  • Want to Help?  Make a donation to SB Foundation for the fund for temporary housing for those displaced.
UTILITIES: We are on track to be back in service by January 31
  • SCE: Every day, crews are restoring power to households.
  • So Cal Gas: Ensuring distribution system is in place and they will go to each house to light services once customers are home.
  • Montecito Water District: The High Chlorination is now process to ensure the water is safe. A NEW boil water notice has been issued for a high chlorine notice in the Montecito Water District beginning at 7AM on Sunday, Jan 21. For details, go to montectiowater.com or call 805-969-2271.
  • Montecito Sanitation District: Treatment facility is fully functional and in compliance.  There is still a lot of mud that they are working to remove.
EVACUATION & REPOPULATION
  • Evacuation orders remain in effect until further notice from the Sherriff. 
  • We recognize that many of you have been out of your homes for some time now; and we are working diligently to get people back home. We appreciate your continued cooperation.
  • We have a strong law enforcement presence in the evacuated area to deter crime and enforce the law.
  • Repopulation will be an INCREMENTAL process and for RESIDENTS ONLY. Repopulation will begin when we have basic utilities restored and access issues are solved; and our target date is January 31. Repopulation will start with businesses, schools, post office, etc. so that returning residents have support services. Residential priority will be given to those whose homes are severely damaged but accessible so that they may be able to retrieve their possessions.  More information will be available later this week.
THE 101 and OTHER TRAFFIC ALLERTS
  • All lanes of Hwy 101 through the Montecito-Carpinteria corridor have reopened in both directions even while continued recovery and restoration efforts continue.
  • Over 100,000 cubic yards of material removed from the 101; and this could not have happened without the cooperation of all the agencies involved.  BUT there is still much work to do so there will be heavy truck and equipment traffic.
  • DRIVE with EXTREME CAUTION and plan for EXTRA TIME as traffic is expected to move slowly in both directions.
  • Essential employee CHP escorts will be discontinued. Commuters may carpool or use public transportation, including Amtrak (http://pacificsurfliner.com/Service-Alert/), until traffic patterns return to normal.
Hwy 101 on-ramps and off-ramps that remain closed
  • US-101 N/B at Sheffield Dr Off-Ramp
  • US-101 N/B at San Ysidro Rd Off-Ramp
  • US-101 N/B at Olive Mill Rd Off-Ramp
  • US-101 N/B at Hermosillo Rd Off-Ramp
  • Evans Ave On-Ramp to US 101 N/B
  • US-101 S/B at San Ysidro Rd Off-Ramp
  • US-101 S/B at Olive Mill Rd Off-Ramp
  • US-101 S/B at Sheffield Dr Off-Ramp
 
Surface Street Closures
  • Santa Claus Lane at S. Padaro Lane
  • SR-192 at Lower Toro Canyon
  • SR-192 at Ortega Ridge Rd
  • SR -192 at Sheffield Drive
  • Ortega Hill Road at Ortega Ridge Road
  • Sheffield Drive at Ortega Hill Road
  • SR-192 at San Ysidro Road
  • San Ysidro Road at N. Jameson Lane
  • Olive Mill Road at N. Jameson Lane
  • Olive Mill Road at San Benito Way
  • Hot Springs Rd at Oak Rd.
  • SR-192 at Hot Springs Road
  • SR-192 at Sycamore Canyon Road
  • Hot Springs at Middle Road
DEALING WITH DISASTER DISTRESS
  • Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care offers FREE support counseling for ANYONE suffering a loss.
  • Disasters, especially those with great loss, have the potential to cause emotional distress.
  • If you or someone you know is struggling during or after this disaster, please know you are not alone.
  • More Info at http://www.vnhcsb.org/dealing-with-disaster-distress/ or call 805-308-9602.
HEALTH IMPACTS
  • Be aware that there are health effects related to clean up.  Be aware of rashes and wound infection (even small scratches and scrapes); and gastrointestinal illness including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Mud tests in performed in 10 different locations show results with bacteria, TPH, asbestos, PCBs, and heavy metals. Extended exposure to bacteria and TPH can have health effects.
  • What can you do to protect yourself? 
    • Update your tetanus vaccine BEFORE you go home (especially if it has been more than 10 years since your last tetanus shot).
    • Be mindful about your attire. Wear long pants, water proof boots, gloves, and eye protection.
    • Do not eat or drink in work areas.
    • Wash your hands.
BE AWARE OF THE LAW & FRAUD
  • Be aware of Price Gouging, which is not only unlawful, it is despicable. Price gouging is when someone charges 10% above a pre-disaster price and that date is effective with the date of the emergency proclamation.  You may report price gouging to the District Attorney. There is a form available online at www.countyofsb.org/da.
  • Do Not Enter the Disaster Area without authorization. If you do not have proper authorization…DO NOT ENTER or you could be charged with a misdemeanor which carries a fine and jail time.
  • Be aware of FEMA Fraud. You need to know that no FEMA representative will come to your home unless you completed a FEMA form.  If you have completed a FEMA form, and someone comes to your home, ask for photo identification. FEMA will NEVER ask you for money to begin your claim process.

((NoozAlert))
Caltrans confirms Monday morning re-opening for Highway 101.

MUDSLIDE UPDATE: Jan 19 Community Briefing, News & County Updates
This is not just a SB County effort. Every agency is working together around the clock doing their part to help us restore, rebuild and recover.
 
This is a very complicated disaster; as such there is no linear pathway to simply “fix it.” It will take the whole of a community to fix this.
 
We also have potential for future weather impacts; so we need to collectively be aware and be prepared.

 

WEATHER FORECAST
  • Tomorrow, Sat, Jan 20: Mild, bright and windy
  • Next Thu, Jan 25: Possible light showers
  • Are you RAIN READY? View Storm Preparedness and Recovery Information online at http://countyofsb.org/rainready.sbc.
LOCAL RECOVERY & ASSISTANCE CENTER
  • Now open through Feb 3 at Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara located at 1 North Calle Caesar Chavez.
  • The Center is a one-stop shop for assistance from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides to recover, rebuild and heal.  Childcare available on site. Translation available.
  • Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is hosting a support station in the Center providing counseling, music therapy and pet therapy.
  • HOURS: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM; Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; CLOSED on Sunday.
  • TOLL FREE INFO 833-688-5551
CASUALTIES & STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
  • Fatalities: 20
  • Missing: 3
  • Storm-related Injuries: 28
  • Properties Destroyed: 119
  • Properties Damaged: 263
OPERATIONS
  • The process to rebuild our community is a marathon, not a sprint.   Crews are working together to regain access and mitigate hazards, so that we can get you back into your homes. We are also watching the weather and developing strategic plans.
  • Channel work continues to remove more debris material from the area; and we are working to ensure our system can take the future weather impacts that may come.
  • Although we have moved from rescue to recovery phase we continue to search for the three remaining missing. There is a lot of debris, so this will take some time.
  • Please know that we are committed to finding our missing. We have 900 personnel helping in the search. Tomorrow (Sat, Jan 20) there will be 16 search dog teams that will join the search team.
EVACUATION & REPOPULATION
  • The mandatory evacuation areas remain in effect. The evacuated area is under heavy security to keep residences and property safe. For urgent needs, we have security escorts for those who need access to their homes.
  • Repopulation is dependent on reopening the 101, Coast Village Road and Jameson Lane, and the repair of basic utilities. Once these are achieved, then we begin the process of incremental repopulation.
  • Repopulation will begin with our business community in the heart of Montecito.
THE 101 & OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS
  • As of Fri, Jan 19, the US 101 remains closed in Santa Barbara, northbound at 150 and southbound at Milpas.  CHP escorts have been provided for critical employees, such as emergency personnel and healthcare staff.
  • 101 Opening??? We have made tremendous progress…almost all of the mud has been cleared away…and we are working on drainage systems and guardrails and stabilizing the embankments. We are hoping for Monday, Jan 22, but we cannot confirm yet. We will know more in the next 12 to 24 hours.
  • 192 Opening??? CalTrans has crews are assessing the 192. We know there is damage to some structure. There is no timeline, but ideally we hope to have the 192 available as we repopulate the area.
  • ALL online navigation maps are WRONG. The 192 is CLOSED. If you continue through, you will be turned back at Foothill & Toro Canyon Road. Access to Santa Barbara from Ventura you must take the 126 to take the I5 Detour.
ALTERNATE TRAVEL OPTIONS
  • I5 Detour: The CHP recommends taking the 41-46 as this is a better highway with more lanes. You must take the 126 to the I5 to the 46 and then the 101.  WEATHER FORECAST: Possible snow over the Grapevine.
  • Amtrak: The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will temporarily increase train service to Santa Barbara County beginning Saturday, Jany 20 by adding one additional roundtrip between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara which adds nearly 1,000 more seats and provides an additional travel option until the reopening of Highway 101. SCHEDULE: Departs Oxnard 9:21 AM; Departs Ventura 9:35 AM; Departs Santa Barbara at 4:40 PM and 7:02 PM. TICKETS: www.amtrak.com
  • Ferry Services: Island Packers and Condor Express are offering shuttle transportation to and from Santa Barbara  Harbor to Ventura Harbor for the duration of the 101 Freeway road closure.
SO CAL EDISON (SCE)
  • There are about 1100 customers in Montecito who remain without power.
  • As conditions permit, SCE will work to restore power and expects to restore power by Jan 31 to homes not significantly damaged.
  • SCE noted that restoration may be delayed due to new storms in the area.
SO CAL GAS
  • Crews continue to work with responders to safely assess the system and conduct repairs. About 1000 homes and businesses have been restored; and there is more work to do.
  • To get the most up-to-date information go online and update your account profile with your current phone and email so they can contact you.
  • Once you are able to go back home, customers must be present in order to conduct an in-home inspection. Do not turn on the natural gas yourself.
  • SoCalGas representatives are at the Local Recovery & Assistance Center.
  • Questions or Info: Call 1-800-427-2200 or go online to https://www.socalgas.com/newsroom/montecito.
MONTECITO WATER DISTRICT
  • Repairs continue ahead of schedule. Our current impact is the availability of water varies depending on location.
  • Boil Water Notice continues except for Summerland and the Upper Toro Canyon Region. More info online at www.montecitowater.com.
  • Three emergency potable water distribution sites open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily until further notice at: Summerland Post Office; Montecito Fire Station #2 and the Upper Village at the southwest corner of San Ysidro Ranch and East Valley Road.
  • Repairs are expected to be completed by Jan 22 and then we can resume lake deliveries. Water may be available at all taps as soon as soon as Jan 22…BUT all District customers remain under Boil Water Notice, except for the lifted areas.
  • Restoration of the water service anticipated the week of January 28, and the District is developing a plan to return the system to normal operating pressures, flushing remaining debris, chlorinating and bacteriological testing. District expects this plan to be effective tomorrow and will take 5 to 10 days to complete. Customers should expect periodic high levels of chlorine in the water.
MONTECITO SANITARY DISTRICT
  • Treatment Plant was unharmed during the incident.
  • Due to evacuations in the service area, waste water flowing to the treatment is minimal, but proper treatment continues to take place.
  • We continue to assess the waste water collection system. All four stations are intact and functioning. 1350 of 2000 manholes have been visually inspected; and 1100 are reported to be in condition and the others have mud and debris.
  • In areas of destroyed homes, we are waiting for debris removal in order to gain access to inspect.
BEACH CLOSURES
  • Based on the results of bacteria in ocean waters that highly exceed standard levels, the SB County Public Health Dept has closed 10 county beaches. This does not include the “sandy beaches.”
  • All ocean water should be considered as contaminated until further notice.
  • No recreational activity or swimming.
  • There are hazardous materials washing up on the beaches…DO NOT PICK THEM UP. Call the County to report material: 805-681-5538
  • The County is organizing Beach Clean Ups. There is a Meet-Up at the Rainbow Arch near East Beach on Sun, Jan 21 at Noon. Be sure to wear steel-toed shoes and thick gloves, and bring thick garbage bags.

 


 MUDSLIDES: Jan 16 Community Town Hall

Purpose of Community Town Hall: This is an informational meeting to understand what is happening now, and in the coming days, weeks and months.  Disaster takes a long time to recover from and to get to a point of new normal. This meeting is the first step to move towards that direction.

This was a lengthy, detailed meeting so this update is divided into four sections:

  1. Operations – What Did We Do and What Happened?
  2. Operations – Now What’s Happening?
  3. Recovery
  4. Future Rains
OPERATIONS (What did we do and what happened?)
  • BEFORE: All SB County response organizations began planning the day after Christmas and determined that as a result of the Thomas Fire we have the potential slides on the front country.  We worked with collaborative organizations to develop a threat map. We developed Concept of Operations with multiple agencies to identify resources and how to deploy them. The National Weather Service provided updates and in early January we knew we were facing a storm.
  • Friday, Jan 5: We hosted a press conference followed by communications via email and phone.
  • Sunday, Jan 7, the evening before the floods: We activated the plan and upstaffed the team by ordering resources to help clear debris basin. We had two helicopters on standby; and when the rains started we dispatched them under heavy fog and rain. Under any other state those helicopters would not have been launched; but given the situation we launched them.
  • Monday, Jan 8 at 8 AM: We activated the emergency center at Earl Warren Showgrounds and started the evacuation process.
  • Monday, Jan 8 at 8 PM: Resources were strategically pre-positioned.
  • Tuesday, Jan 9 at 4 AM: There was a gas explosion reported caused by debris impact due to unprecedented rainfall rates.
  • Evacuations: At the height of the incident, one responder made 8 evacuation trips with 30 people in the vehicle for each trip (that’s about 240 people).  At one point we had 10 helicopters; and within first 14 hours we conducted 18 hoist rescues and 102 air rescues transporting critically burned and injured. Our ceiling was 300 feet or less. To put that in perspective, whenever they landed on Cottage Hospital, the fog rolled in and they had to wait for the fog to roll out. This is not normal. Also during that time, one of the helicopters was taking on water and even lost communications but continued to fly until they smelled electrical burning. One of our pilots has 11 years of experience, and this is one of the most dangerous missions he has ever flown.
OPERATIONS (Now what’s happening?)
  • CLEANING UP DEBRIS: There is 100,000 cubic yards of debris…an enormous deposit of debris such that the corridors ceased to exist and were replaced by debris fields.  We need to unclog the roadways for emergency vehicles. We need to return creek flows back into the creek so other agencies can deal with the mud and debris. You will start to see increased activity and it will likely take a week or more to clean up.
  • REOPENING THE 101: CalTrans has been working 24/7 and we understand the impact of closing the 101.  This is CalTrans’ #1 priority and they have made great progress. There is still water and debris flow going into the highway; and there is damage to the highway that we that we can’t access. It’s not just about the clean-up…it’s about safety. We need to inspect bridges and guard rails. We do not know about structural damage as parts of the 101 are still submerged. In order to reopen the 101 we need to ensure that the highway can hold the weight of the traffic. We know that this section of the 101 usually carries about 100,000 vehicles daily. We know that this disaster is impacting well-over 100,000 people; so we are working as hard and as diligently as we can. We will reopen the 101 as soon as we SAFELY can, but there is no exact date. We anticipate that there is at least six days of work.
  • COAST VILLAGE ROAD ACCESS? The opening of Coast Village Road is associated with reopening of the 101. If we open this area, it will be open to residents and businesses first.
  • UTILITIES
    • So CA Gas: Working on supply side to get back in order for distribution.  There will be an update tomorrow.
    • SCE: There is an army here, and we are down to about 1400 without power. Until we can get the roads and debris basins cleared, there are some hold ups to accessing repair. There is one area that will take 4 days to repair.
    • Cox Cable: They got Carpinteria restored, and are working hard to restore the other areas.
    • Montecito Water District: From Jameson Lake to Cachuma…high lines were broken…the water main damaged…distribution systems and treatment facilities were destroyed. Repairs started and ongoing.
    • Sanitation: Need to work on the removal of debris around the destroyed homes, and then they can enter to assess damage. They are working round the clock to restore service in conjunction with water service.
  • SAFETY: Our Highest priority is finding our missing residents. We are still missing three people.  We are also ensuring the security of the evacuated areas with patrols around the clock.
  • EVACUATION: The Mandatory Evacuation Area is absolutely necessary. This is not a safe place at the moment. The terrain is unstable. There is a constant flow of large vehicles and crews and this convoy is going back and forth, and they cannot be impeded while they do their important work.
  • REPOPULATION: For those evacuated…when can you go back home? We have a good team in place to get people back into their homes. We can’t do that until it is safe. It is still dangerous. We cannot give a specific date, and when this happens we hope to incrementally repopulate the area. Repopulation depends on three factors:
  1. Access of the Road conditions and the traffic impact to the roads
  2. Condition of utilities and the health impact due to the absences of functioning utilities
  3. The timing of repopulation with another potential event. The last thing we want to do is to repopulate and then evacuate again within a day.
  • BEACHES CLOSED: Water tests indicate high bacteria counts so the following beaches are closed: Butterfly, Carpinteria, East Beach, El Capitan, Goleta, Hammonds, and Summerland. This does not include the sandy beaches. The County is organizing beach clean ups. Call the County to report material: 805-681-5538.
RECOVERY
  • TRANSITIONING: During the first week we were in in rescue mode, and it is hard for firefighters to transition from rescue to recovery mode.
  • FEMA: We are here to help prepare, respond, and recover.  Our public assistance program offers 75% federal funding to state and local agencies, and individual assistance programs. Financial assistance comes from the SBA (to help renters, homeowners and businesses). If you suffered a loss not covered by insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance. FEMA will be at the Local Recovery Assistance Center to assist you or you can call 800-621-3362.
  • ALTERNATE TRAVEL OPTIONS:  1) Driving Detour via the I5, and we recommend the 46 versus the 166. While the 166  is shorter, the 46 is a much improved route. 2) Ferry Options via Condor Express and Island Packers. 3) Amtrak trains, and we are working on adding more cars to carry more passengers.
  • MAIL DELIVERY: The Summerland Post Office has reopened and Montecito residents can pick up mail at the Milpas post office station on 107 Nopalitas Way.
  • PICKING UP VEHICLES: Contact CHP at 805-477-4174 with your VIN# or License Plate #.
  • SB COUNTY SCHOOLS:  Thank you to our emergency teams for supporting our collective belief and value that our students need to get back to school as part of our healing and community. Today is the first day in almost 6 weeks that all 20 school districts are open to serve. Montecito Union has a creative opening by hosting school at the Zoo and MOXI today and eventually at SBCC and McKinley Elementary. The answer to “making up lost instructional time for lost time” comes from the State Dept of Education…which is in process.
  • LOCAL RECOVERY ASSISTANCE CENTER: The Local Recovery & Assistance Center will be open Wednesday, January 17 through Friday, February 3 at Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Caesar Chavez in Santa Barbara. The LRAC is a one-stop shop for assistance from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides to recover, rebuild and restore. Childcare available on site. Translation available. HOURS: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM; Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; CLOSED on Sunday.
FUTURE RAINS
  • THIS WEEK: This week’s rain is not expected to be significant and might be beneficial.  This will be our first test, and we believe our creek system can handle this next rain.
  • PREPARING FOR RAIN: We have already begun planning.  We are reanalyzing the storm report reviewing and reevaluating plans, computer generated models, soil tests, etc. to identify trigger points.
  • LONG-TERM FUTURE: Due to the impacts of the Thomas Fire, we’re at risk this winter and future seasons. We can likely face similar indents, and more debris could come down. Future rain can impact the 101 again. Whatever Mother Nature throws at us we will be here and we will deal with it.

NEWS & UPDATES
(No Mudslide Briefing Today)
  • 101 Reopening Next Week? As of Jan. 15, Caltrans says U.S. Highway 101 is expected to remain closed for at least another week.  CalTrans hopes to announce a full reopening.
  • Partial Cancellation of Boil Water Notice: As of Jan 15, it is no longer necessary to boil tap water or drink bottled water in the following areas of the Summerland community: East of, and including, Ortega Ridge Road to the ocean; South of, and including, Hunt Drive; West of, and including, Greenwell Road/Asegra Road. This area includes Freesia Drive, Caspia Lane, Marguerita Way, and the Montecito Ranch Estates.
  • Mandatory Evacuation Orders: Remain in effect for most of Montecito and there are widespread utility outages in the area due to storm-damaged infrastructure.  Evacuation Shelter remains open but has moved from SBCC to San Marcos High School at 4750 Hollister Ave.
  • Fatalities/Missing: The death toll remains at 20 people, with 3 people still missing.
  • Structural Damage: 73 homes destroyed; 161 homes damaged; 18 commercial properties damaged.
  • Search & Recovery is the priority with 2,281 personnel currently working the disaster.
  • Community Town Hall Meeting on Tue, Jan 16 at 4 PM at La Cumbre Junior High School. Cooperating agencies with the incident command, officials from Santa Barbara County and FEMA specialists are expected to speak. The meeting will be carried live locally on KEYT Channel 3 and KSBY Channel 6, and on the Internet at www.KEYT.com, www.KSBY.com, Santa Barbara County YouTube, and on Santa Barbara County Facebook Live @countyofsb.
  • Local Recovery & Assistance Center opens on Wed, Jan 17 at 11 AM at Calvary Chapel.
WEATHER FORECAST
  • Tomorrow: Sunny, Dry, Partly to mostly cloudy
  • Fri, Jan 19: Light Showers
  • Mon/Tue, Jan 22/23: Possible rain showers. Still keeping an eye on this system.

MUDSLIDE UPDATE: Jan 14 Briefing,
KEYT News & SBC OEM Updates
  • Our community has been tested, and we will persevere.  It may have been a beautiful landscape that brought us here, but it is a beautiful community that keeps us here. 
  • Today at 7 AM, efforts transitioned from Search & Rescue to Search & Recovery. This decision was not made lightly and only after completion of secondary searches of the all the homes and areas, and team consultations. 
  • We are working towards repair now to make it safe for residents to re-enter the area.
  • If you are in the MANDATORY EVAC AREA, we urge you to leave; is not safe to be in this area.
  • Until you see the damage with your own eyes, do you understand the magnitude of this incident.
  • No Mudslide Briefing tomorrow due to holiday.
PLAN AHEAD
  • Community Town Hall Meeting on Tue, Jan 16 at 4 PM at La Cumbre Junior High School. (This meeting will replace the 4 PM Press Briefing on Tuesday)
  • “Light Rain” this coming Fri, Jan 19.
  • Are you RAIN READY? View Storm Preparedness and Recovery Information online at http://countyofsb.org/rainready.sbc.
WEATHER FORECAST: KEYT continues to monitor
  • Tomorrow:  Dry and warm with high clouds.
  • Thu/Fri, Jan 18/19: Weak System with light rain, but nothing like what we had with mudslides.
  • Mon/Tue, Jan 22/23: Possible Stronger Storm, but nothing like what we had with mudslides. Still 8 days out so keeping an eye on this system
MISSING / FATALITIES
STRUCTURAL DAMAGES: Incomplete Preliminary Damage Inspection, to-date 296 structures impacted
  • SB County OEM has made a Structure Damage Interactive Map available online at https://sbc-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ee848a57d8b2416eb2802da300df5b6e
  • CALFIRE Damage Inspection Teams, who compiled the data, have completed about 35% of their assessments for residential and commercial structures impacted by the Winter Storm Incident. The map will be updated daily as the team completes their assessments.
  • Structural Assessment (Damaged/Destroyed by Building Type): 234 Residential; 44 Outbuilding; 18 Commercial.
  • Structural Assessment (Extent of Damage): 85 Destroyed; 86 Major; 75 Minor; 50 Affected.
FLOOD DISTRICT: We are making steady progress.
  • Primary focus continues to be managing the debris to clean the basins as quickly as possible to prepare for the next storm; and now working on an expanded list of debris basins.
  • Q&A: What about improving the drainage systems in Montecito? ANSWER: Impossible. There is a debris flow that is 15 feet over your head with trees, rocks and mud slurry. This is a debris flow of the likes we have not seen. Our facilities have been challenged in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Q&A: What do you advise residents regarding the rains coming next Thu/Fri? ANSWER: There are contingency plans in development and the rain system is being watched.  Please stay tuned and connected to your notification systems. We will update you soon.
TRAFFIC: The 101 and 192 remain closed
Until you see the damage with your own eyes, do you understand the magnitude of this incident.
  • The 101 is CLOSED northbound at the 150 and southbound at Milpas.
  • Within the next 24 hours, Caltrans hopes to have some sort of schedule as to reopening the 101.
  • Online Navigation Systems are WRONG! You cannot get around the 101 closures via surface streets.
  • 101 Status: Within the last 12 to 18 hours we made steady and sure progress on US 101, particularly at Olive Mill Road. Water has receded to a point for the first time so that we are now able to remove solid material closest to the roadway.
  • 192 Status: On the 192 we have seen damage to three bridges, and we expect to have restricted access or controlled traffic.
  • Q&A: How are the pipes under the freeway? ANSWER: CalTrans needs to look into further. They are not aware of anything at this point.
ALTERNATE TRAVEL OPTIONS: Plan ahead as all alternates will take time.
  • AMTRAK has added more train cars to accommodate more riders. Tickets are available online at www.amtrak.com. [TIP: Buy a Business Class Ticket to ensure your seat reservation.]
  • FERRY SERVICE to and from Santa Barbara and Ventura available by Condor Express and Island Packers.
  • SB AIRBUS is offering a modified LAX schedule using the I5 Detour. Call 805-964-7759 for more info.
  • DRIVING DETOUR (Ventura to SB via the I5): Take the 126 to the 5 North towards Bakersfield. Then take the 46 through the mountains and get back onto the 101 South.  NOTE: Please use the 46 instead of the 166. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY, SAFELY AND PATIENTLY.
MANDATORY EVACUATION AREA CONTINUES (UP TO 1 or 2 WEEKS)
It is not safe to be in the area, and if you are in the MANDATORY EVAC AREA, we urge you to leave.
  • WEST of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane
  • EAST of Olive Mill/Hot Spring Road
  • NORTH of the ocean
  • SOUTH of the US Forest Service boundary
  • If you are in this area or bordering this area and need assistance in evacuating, or want to know if you are in the Evac Order Area call (833) 688-5551.
  • Coast Village Rd. between Olive Mill and Hot Springs will also remain closed.
 
MONTECITO WATER DISTRICT: Exact timeline of full repair is still unknown.
 
SO CAL GAS CO: Restoration timeline unknown
  • Given the magnitude and impact of the storm damage, an estimate for restoring gas service to the affected customers has not been determined.
  • Process to safe restoration includes assessment and repairs.
  • For safety reasons, customers should never attempt to restore gas service themselves.
  • More info and a map available online at https://www.socalgas.com/newsroom/montecito or call SoCalGas at 1-877-238-0092.
  • Request: We need to be able to contact you so we need your www.socalgas.com and go into the My Accounts link to update your information.
SCE: Unable to provide estimated restoration times
 
COX COMMUNICATIONS INTERNET: Some service restored
  • Cox Communications outages mean no internet, phone or cable service.
  • Limited Cell Service in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria
  • Cox Communications has been working with the County of Santa Barbara and local emergency agencies as it makes necessary repairs for complete service restoration.
  • Service outage updates will continue to be provided at www.cox-california.com and Twitter (@coxcalifornia).
  • Impacted customers who need additional assistance can call 800-234-3993.
RE-ENTERING THE MONTECITO-SUMMERLAND AREA
  • Please drive slow and be aware that personnel and heavy equipment are in the area and continue working on the incident.
  • Returning to a damaged or destroyed neighborhood is a traumatic occurrence, and you may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks ahead. Remember that self-care is the vital first step for you to remain healthy and resilient.
  • Residents should use caution when returning back to their property.
  • Areas affected by the debris slide continue to be without power and gas.
  • Stay out of the restricted areas and follow the direction of law enforcement when given instruction on entering your area.
SHELTERS: Remain open
  • Red Cross Evacuation Center – Santa Barbara City College Campus Gymnasium (805-687-0766)
  • Large Animal Shelter – Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • Small Animal Shelter – Santa Barbara Humane Society
  • For assistance with large and small animals, call 805-681-4332
FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER: Remains open until Tue, Jan 16
  • Assistance Center Number 833-688-5551 serves as a universal resource information line.
  • Family Assistance Center at First Presbyterian Church will remain open 10 AM to 6 PM until Tue, Jan 16 to serve as a safe space where families can come for support.
LOCAL RECOVERY & ASSISTANCE CENTER: Opens Wed, Jan 17
  • The Local Recovery & Assistance Center is scheduled to open on Wed, Jan 17 at Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Caesar Chavez in Santa Barbara. The Center will remain open through February 3.
  • The Center is a one-stop shop for assistance from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides to recover, rebuild and heal.  Childcare available on site. Translation available.
  • HOURS: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM; Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; CLOSED on Sunday.
BEACHES CLOSED: From Carpinteria to Gaviota
  • Based on the results of bacteria in ocean waters that highly exceed standard levels, the SB County Public Health Dept has closed county beaches. This does not include the “sandy beaches.”
  • All ocean water should be considered as contaminated until further notice.
  • No recreational activity or swimming.
  • There are hazardous materials washing up on the beaches.  Do not pick them up due to possible contamination.
  • Call the County to report material: 805-681-5538
  • The County is organizing Beach Clean Ups.
 

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