Santa Barbara- S County

Light, Steady Rain in Santa Barbara Wets Landscaping but No Help Yet for Supplies

Cachuma Lake still needs 10-15 inches of rain to show runoff and improvement


Drought dry areas are barely getting help from the latest storms in the southern part of Santa Barbara County where passing storms seem to miss when it comes to large rainfall totals.

While some areas had downpours such as Cayucos, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria,  Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria only had a steady drizzle all day.  It will help when it comes to keeping sprinklers off, since landscaping is getting a natural drink,  but it won't lead to any measurable runoff into dams and reservoirs for now.

Many people at the waterfront were able to surf and swim with no problems.  Those walking had umbrellas but they were not struggling with big rainfall totals or windy conditions.

Fishermen coming in with a swordfish catch had a boat load to deliver and sell at the dock.

Heavy equipment was used to build a new wall of protection in front of the yacht club where a previous berm was shredded by high surf and high tide in the last week.

All Santa Barbara area creeks handled the runoff water with no problems and the flow was flawless.  This storm had not significant urban flooding, unlike the rain about two weeks ago.

Storage levels remain critical at Cachuma Lake which is down about 85 percent from its overall capacity.  Water officials say the lake needs about 10-15 inches of rain to have its soil saturated and start a measurable runoff.

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