In response to an approaching winter storm, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has tasked the California National Guard (CNG) to pre-position 10 high water trucks with staff as a precautionary measure in the Santa Barbara County area. This action is to protect lives and property, as well as provide rapid response to requests for assistance from local government during the storms.
The forecasted conditions of the storm has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch for parts of Santa Barbara County. In addition, due to potential risk of mud and debris flows the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Mandatory Evacuation near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa, and Alamo burn areas due to a rapidly approaching winter storm early Tuesday morning. Individuals must be out of the evacuation area by 8 p.m. tonight.
The storm system is expected to move into the area on Tuesday morning bringing periods of moderate to heavy rain to parts of the county. According to the National Weather Service, rain associated with the storm could generate up to .70 inches of rain per hour, especially at higher elevations of southern Santa Barbara County. Rain is expected to taper off Tuesday evening.
An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117. For assistance evacuating large and small animals, contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332.
Cal OES continues to monitor weather conditions and remains in close contact with Santa Barbara County officials to address any emergency management and mutual aid needs.