Montecito Mudslides

The latest coverage on the Montecito mudslides, including evacuations, damage reports, and community impact. On January 8 and 9, just a month after the Thomas Fire began and subsequently burned much of the area above Montecito and Carpinteria, the South Coast's first major winter storm triggered widespread mudslides and debris flows, destroying dozens of homes and leading to multiple fatalities.

Disaster Assessment Map

Mudslide Victims: Where They Lived

Report on Disasters Praised, Criticized

A representative with Montecito's volunteer responders found the report lacking. Read story.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Public Survey Exposes Montecito Debris Flow Communication Failures

Residents were confused by the county's mixed signals and unclear warnings. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Who Was Responsible for Approving the 1/9 Debris Flow Evacuation Boundaries?

County officials give changing and conflicting answers. Read story.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Montecito’s History of Violence

Residents are second-guessing rebuild efforts as disasters past and present haunt the psyche. Read story.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Internal Records Reveal Mixed Messages, Missed Opportunities Before 1/9 Debris Flow

County officials worked hard but struggled to convey the true dangers of the storm. Read story.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Moving Back to a Montecito Danger Zone

A homeowner who lost almost everything wants to rebuild in a neighborhood where 11 people died on 1/9. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Money Available for Santa Barbara County's Disaster Victims

The United Way is giving to Santa Barbara nonprofits and offering direct cash grants. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., April 19, 2018
Updated 2:56 p.m., April 25, 2018

Montecito Water District Responds to Lawsuit Allegations

The water district contends its ruptured waterlines did not contribute meaningfully to 1/9 flooding. Read story.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Remapping Montecito

FEMA is establishing new 'hazard zones' and 100-year-flood elevations. Read story.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

County Sets Up Free Exchange for Debris Flow Boulders, Sediment

The newly launched program aims to prevent usable material from entering landfill. Read story.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Teens Sing for Santa Barbara

Area youth come together to raise money for Unity Shoppe fund for Thomas Fire and mudslide survivors. Read story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hundreds of Undocumented Families Need Aid After Disasters

805 Undocufund plans to raise $1 million. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ventura County Warns Residents of Debris Flow Risks

But 'don't wait for us,' says Sheriff's official — 'save yourself.' Read story.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Axxess Starts Gift Card Benefits for Businesses Struck by Disaster

Special discounts to buyers go to help Montecito and Summerland after the Thomas Fire. Read story.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

United Way Distributes $500K to Thomas Efforts

Receiving agencies have helped more than 19,000 impacted by fire and flood. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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