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Local Recovery and Assistance Center Is One-Stop Shop for Help

Thomas Fire and mudslide victims are offered a whole range of services. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Climate Change Hits Home in Montecito Disaster

The cumulative effects of drought, fire, and flood reflect the planet’s new extreme weather regime. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Where Can You (Safely) Go Surfing This Weekend?

Two Santa Barbara County beaches cleared by Public Health after bacteria testing. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Montecito Repopulates This Weekend

Bucket brigade of volunteers poised to dig community out of mud. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Life and Death of Peter Fleurat

Adventurous and congenial, Montecito resident was the kind of guy everyone wanted to be around. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Second Lawsuit Filed in Thomas Fire and Flood

One plaintiff in first lawsuit, Plum Goods, quits. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Montecito Disaster Relief Events Continue

Benefits fundraise for recovery, and help is offered. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

How Montecito Mud Winds Up at Goleta Beach

Environmental planners call it “beach nourishment,” as the mud turns to sand. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

WEV Collecting Fire, Flood Resource Information for Businesses

Website has listings for loans, unemployment help, and so on. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

County Emergency Managers Issued Contradictory Warnings Before Montecito Mudslides

The evacuation map and written notice outlined different neighborhoods. Read story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Uncertain Future of Montecito’s Trails

Favorite hikes in Santa Barbara front country have been ravaged by fire and flood. Read story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

State Farm Affirms Thomas Fire and Flood Linked, Has Covered Claims

Other insurers are taking it 'claim by claim.' Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Highway 101 Reopens as Army Corps of Engineers Clears Creek Channels

Storm debris is being hauled away at a rate of 500 truckloads a day. Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Latest Victim Highlights Uneven Flood Impact on Montecito Immigrant Families

Help is being offered to undocumented residents as the governor orders flags at half-mast. Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Majority of Montecito Mudslide Victims Were Not Under Mandatory Evacuation Orders

Seventeen of the 21 victims lived in areas only under warning. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018
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