Southern California Evacuations Lifted After Mudslide Threat Wanes

  • Southern California Evacuations Lifted After Mudslide Threat Wanes

Southern California Evacuations Lifted After Mudslide Threat Wanes

Those who live in the most vulnerable areas of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria were told to leave their homes by 8 p.m. local time Monday night, according to the Associated Press.

That amount of rainfall was downgraded by late morning, and a flash flood watch for recent burn areas was canceled shortly after 10 a.m. As an abundance of caution, they put mandatory evacuations into effect twice since then, but just as quickly they are lifted when conditions allow.

Evacuation and debris flow maps will be updated as needed, the SBCSO said. "Storms can easily exceed forecasts, and we constantly balance this possibility with actions need to keep the public safe", concluded Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

KEYT-TV reports from Montecito that rain has been light early Tuesday but heavier rainfall is expected at late morning.

Evacuations have been ordered or recommended in two Southern California counties due to an approaching storm that could bring enough rain to trigger debris flows. Those areas in the "high risk" yellow zones on the map were not under mandatory evacuation orders as of Monday, but were under recommended evacuation warning status and "are at risk for flooding or being cut off from services and utilities", according to county officials.

Residents who live near the site of a deadly January mudslide in Southern California were ordered to evacuate yet again Monday night amid fears that an incoming storm system could trigger more risky debris flows, but those orders were lifted Tuesday morning and everyone was allowed to go home.

A second storm is expected to hit Friday, but forecast models for this system continues to change, National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno said.

A voluntary evacuation order is in effect in neighbouring Ventura County for areas north of Ojai Valley.