State of Emergency declared ahead of potential flooding in Santa Barbara County

Evacuation shelter opened at SBCC cafeteria

Santa Barbara County declared a State of Emergency Monday ahead of expected heavy rain and flooding, especially in areas below fire scars.

County Executive Mona Miyasato signed the declaration just before midday Monday.  The County's Board of Supervisors is expected to ratify it during a Tuesday meeting.

In a news release, the county said the declaration ensures all resources necessary can be used to respond to damage from the rainstorm, and to receive funding from state or federal sources.   

At midday Monday, mandatory evacuation and voluntary evacuation orders went into effect after a decision made by the Santa Barbara County's Office of Emergency Operations.  Mandatory evacuations are for those who live below burn areas from recent fires. The warnings come due to concerns about flooding and debris flows in areas just below the burn areas.

Those with limited or no internet access can call 211 for information.  Due to high call volumes, a second number has been set up to take questions at (805) 681-5542.

Ventura County has also declared mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas.

MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS include unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria including all areas NORTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Cold Springs Road, and WEST of Hwy 150 / the County line. Also included in this Order are areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and the Whittier burn areas near Goleta. The order also includes the El Capitan area. In Ventura County, residents of Matijilia Canyon to North Fork, and those in Wheeler Gorge are under mandatory evacuation orders. 

A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING is in effect for all areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean and EAST of Hot Springs Road / Olive Mill Road to Hwy 150 / the County line. RESIDENTS OF TEPESQUET CANYON near the Alamo Fire burn area east of Santa Maria are also under a voluntary evacuation order.  People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately. If the situation worsens or you feel threatened, leave immediately or take protective actions. 

Matilija Canyon to Wheeler Gorge, North Fork Springs Rd., Rose Valley

VENTURA COUNTY VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDERS go into effect at 6:00 p.m. Monday night for:  Casitas Springs, Nye Road, La Conchita and those west of Thomas Aquinas College along Highway 150.

Santa Barbara County Emergency officials have provided an interactive map of mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas here

Ventura County Emergency officials have information here.


The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at the Santa Barbara City College cafeteria located at 721 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara. The evacuation center is allowing small animals. 

Large animals can be evacuated to Earl Warren Showgrounds.  For assistance in evacuating large animals, call (805) 687-0766. Small animals can be evacuated to Santa Barbara Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Road.  For assistance in evacuating small animals, call the County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.

Ventura County has a shelter open at Ventura City College, 4667 Telegraph Road,.

NewsChannel 3 will provide live coverage of the storm and live updates as needed throughout Monday and into Tuesday.  Mobile users are also encouraged to download the new KEYT-KCOY-KKFX First Alert Weather mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.


The following public schools are closed Monday:

- Cold Spring School

- Montecito Union Elementary

- El Montecito Early School

- Carpinteria High School

The following private schools are closed Monday:

- All Saints Schools

- Cate School

- Crane School

- Laguna Blanca Lower School (Monday and Tuesday)

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