Hwy 101, Montecito, Santa Barbara County

Montecito Mudslide US&R Update

Mutual aid crews from around California continue to work at this hour to reopen Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, city and county roads and push forward with urban search and rescue missions. It’s now been one week since the mudslide devastated this area, taking lives and displacing others. The transition to search and recovery has been made, with a top priority of finding the three persons still missing. Evacuation areas are still not safe for anyone to travel, but the overall recovery mission is ongoing, and local, state and federal resources are fully committed.


Facts and Figures

Current Situation:

  • The County transitioned from Search and Rescue mode to Search and Recovery. Crews continue searching buildings and debris flows for trapped victims.
  • The unstable environment remains a critical threat to civilians and responders.
  • Large amounts of mud and debris make access and progress challenging.
  • Damage inspection is ongoing with six damage assessments teams including building inspectors scheduled to go out in the field.
  • The shelter at the Santa Barbara City College transitioned as of 1/15/18 to the San Marcos High School – 4750 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds animal shelter


  • On January 2, 2018, FEMA Declared a Major Disaster, (FEMA DR-4353) with an incident period starting on December 4, 2017 for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
    • The Declaration was granted for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation.
    • On January 10, 2018, the Declaration was expanded to include flooding; mud and debris flows in the designated fire areas; and the USDA Emergency Loan Program for the primary Counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara and contiguous Counties of Kern, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo.
    • On January 15, 2018, the Declaration was amended to include Individual Assistance for Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
  • On January 8, 2018, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency. The proclamation was ratified on January 9, 2018, accompanied by a formal request for the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency.
  • On January 7, 2018, the City of Burbank requested a proclamation.



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Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after spending 20 years in television news as a reporter, anchor and producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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