Nature may dish a 20-inch deluge upon Santa Barbara from late Sunday until possibly Thursday morning. The National Weather Service reported on Friday that three storm systems are expected to hit Southern California on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with each one increasing in intensity. The report said that south-facing slopes are expected to incur the heaviest rainfall, with less in the coastal and valley areas. County Flood Control officials are paying particular attention to the 80,000-acre area of North County burned by the La Brea Fire this summer, as well as the large South Coast swath burned by the Gap, Tea, and Jesusita fires over the past year and a half. City and county response crews have been alerted to watch for higher than normal stream volumes that could lead to flooding and debris flows.
County officials have reminded boat owners to make sure their vessels are seaworthy and secure. Removal of boats washed ashore will be the responsibility of their owners.
Sand and sand bags remain available at the following South County locations:
County Fire Station 14, 320 N. Los Carneros in Goleta,
The County Corp Yard at the Transfer Station, 4430 Calle Real
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Parking Lot
Montecito Fire Station 1, on San Ysidro Road
City of Santa Barbara Annex Yard, 401 E. Yanonali Street
City of Carpinteria Maintenance Yard, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue