Santa Barbara County issues mandatory evacuation orders ahead of major storm

Elias Hubbard
March 20, 2018

Cumulatively, the foothill and mountain areas are expected to receive five to 10 inches of rain, which is significantly stronger than the storm January 9 that killed 21 people and damaged or destroyed around 400 buildings in the Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria areas. That day, the storm brought 3 to 6 inches of rain to the region. Up to 8 inches are possible in the Ventura Mountains.

Within the next 48 hours, officials are urging residents to prepare to get out of the area.

The storm is expected to hit Santa Barbara County Tuesday night.

Sheriff Bill Brown, said "We ask that everyone be out of that area by 5 p.m. tomorrow afternoon". "The threat of rock falls, mud slides and debris flow is high".

California Highway Patrol, the National Weather Service and public safety partners will monitor storm activity to ensure Highway 101 remains open to facilitate resident evacuations, according to the alert.

"If Highway 101 needs to be closed, CHP would do so just prior to the arrival of the intense portion of the storm", the county spokesman said.

Kevin Taylor of Montecito Fire said, "Early Wednesday resources from outside the area will be called in to help reinforce our local responders before the highest rain intensities arrive".

Community members should go to for up-to-date information on evacuations and road closures.

Showers are expected to diminish by Friday after a dry, northwestern flow settles over the area. Gusty winds and partly cloudy skies are expected along the coastline.

San Luis Obispo County is expected to received four to eight inches of rain between Tuesday and Thursday, and similar totals are predicted in Santa Barbara County, prompting fresh evacuation warnings. Anyone evacuated or otherwise affected by the approaching storm is welcome at the shelter.

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