Santa Barbara- S County

Flash Flood Reported in Cuyama Valley As Heavy Rain Impacts Area

Multiple cars reportedly stuck on flooded roads, portions of Highway 166 closed


As of 6:28 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management reported that approximately 100 vehicles in the area were affected, and either became stuck or were asked to turn around. 

No vehicles were stuck in the mud, but CHP says a group of cars were stuck unable to move forward.

Cal Trans is on scene assessing the roadways for re-opening and cleaning debris. They estimate the roadway will be reopened in approximately one hour. 


As of 6:17 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said that the storm has passed and the water has receded. No injuries were reported, and no rescues occurred. 


As of 4:52 p.m., Dave Zaniboni with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reports that the school bus was able to get out and continue on. It is no longer trapped. However, at least 100 vehicles are said to be stuck on flooded roads.

According to Zaniboni, crews are unable to get to the location of some of these emergency calls due to flooded roads.

There is now a full closure of Highway 166 in effect. There is no time estimate on when Highway 166 is expected to re-open.



Emergency crews are on scene of a heavy downpour on Highway 166 west of the Cuyama Valley where there are reports of multiples vehicles stuck on the road due to a flash flood.

At about 4 p.m., Santa Barbara County fire crews responded to a school bus stuck on a flooded road near The Spanish Ranch. It's unknown if any children are on that bus at this time.

Air support units have been called to assist with this incident.

The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are determining whether Highway 166 eastbound and westbound will be closed. The highway remains open at this time but authorities are turning motorists away.

MAP: Flash Flood Highway 166

No other details were immediately known, but we will update this developing story as new information becomes available.

Crews are reporting heavy rain and lightning in the area. Motorists are advised to turn around when they encounter flooded roads.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northwestern Ventura County, and north central Santa Barbara County until 7 p.m., but that warning could be extended.

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