State Coordinates Flood Response Resources Ahead of Incoming Storm in Santa Barbara, Ventura County Areas

In response to an approaching winter storm and at the request of Santa Barbara County, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is mobilizing two Urban Search and Rescue Regional Task Forces, two Cal OES Swift Water Task Forces, one Cal OES Type 1 Engine Strike Team and one Cal OES Type 3 Engine Strike Team with personnel as a precautionary measure in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas. 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 associated with the storm have prompted the National Weather Service Los Angeles to issue a Flash Flood Watch for parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties starting Tuesday evening through Thursday.  Additionally, due to the high risk of mud and debris flows, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective as of noon Tuesday for everyone in Extreme Risk and High Risk areas – red, yellow and grey areas on the Debris Flow Risk Map – near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Warren Hall, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Anyone evacuated or otherwise affected by the approaching storm is welcome to find relief and comfort at this location. 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 and Ventura County officials to address any emergency management and mutual aid needs.

For more information from Santa Barbara County, visit For more from Cal OES, visit , and on Cal OES’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Shawn Boyd

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

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