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First Responders Were Ready When the Debris Flows Hit

Montecito Fire Division Chief Kevin Taylor explains how a small department pulled a big rescue. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Disaster-Relief Volunteers Needed in Montecito

Hand crews continue digging out mud-flooded homes and trees in the Montecito disaster area. Read story.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Drone's-Eye View, South of Montecito's Highway 192

The areas under a voluntary evacuation warning were the hardest hit, as seen from above. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Is a Debris Flow?

County flood control engineer Jon Frye explains the rare geological event. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why Did Highway 192 Separate Montecito’s Mandatory and Voluntary Evac Zones?

County emergency managers start to explain their much-dissected decision. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Santa Barbara County Farmers Report $20 Million in Losses from Natural Disasters

Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow caused direct crop damage, lost sales, and cleanup expenses. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Montecito's Sutthithepa-Taylor Family Remembered

Community gathering celebrates lives old and very young, lost to the Montecito debris flow. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Montecito Memorial Takes Shape

Sculptor Anders Johnson envisions a centerpiece boulder circled by 24 smaller, bench-like boulders. Read story.

Monday, February 12, 2018

'Good News' from First Batch of Goleta Beach DNA Tests

Very low to no evidence of human fecal material in the surf zone or the mud from Montecito, UCSB scientist says. Read story.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Santa Barbara Businesses Surveyed for Disaster Impacts

Business groups hope to quantify effect on commerce from Thomas fire and flood. Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Santa Barbara County Officials Release Debris Flow Risk Map

They also updated their evacuation terminology with three new levels of urgency. Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming Thomas Fire and Flood Disaster Relief Events

Fundraisers and offers for victims, concerned citizens, and first responders as of February 8 Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

California Insurance Commissioner Promises Action for Fire and Flood Victims

Homeowners having troubles with insurance companies can get free help from state officials. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hospice of Santa Barbara Steps Up Intake and Counselors

It takes much longer than a few weeks to overcome grief and stress in the wake of disaster. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters

Cleanup continues following the Montecito disaster. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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