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Santa Barbara residents deal with storm aftermath

Resident: "We just saw boulders down the driveway"

Santa Barbara residents deal with...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara residents woke up to more destruction caused by the strong storm that ripped through the area Friday. 

Emergency personnel worked overtime to keep up with all the calls. The storm caused mudslides, downed trees and rocks to fall among other things. 

"We just saw boulders down the driveway. The bridge was covered so we got up and cleared that out," said Clay Gibson, a Santa Barbara resident.

Gibson lives by a hillside that loosened after a long day of rain. 

"Landslide came down, washed down. Basically the mud flowed into this one residence. It also knocked a propane tank off its foundation," said Captain Brian Porter, Santa Barbara City Fire Department. 

In the Sycamore Canyon area, crews shut down a portion of Sycamore Canyon Road to clear a large tree that collapsed on top of a telephone power line. Fortunately, no one was hurt when it fell. 

People traveling through Santa Barbara by train also felt the ripple effects from the storm. Amtrak terminated trips between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. 

"We contacted them this morning early and waited a long time to get any live person, but finally when we did they actually put us on a bus to head back to LA and pick up the train back to Oceanside," said Craig MacGyver, an Oceanside resident. 

Plane passengers at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport got better news. The airport reopened after it was briefly closed on Friday after the runway flooded.


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