Drought Stories

Santa Ana Winds Spark Fire Danger

Kelsey Gerckens photo

Local firefighters are warning that these hot temps and windy conditions have the…

Water Levels Dip to Historic Lows at Lake Casitas

Water Levels Dip to Historic Levels at Lake Casitas

Water levels at our local lakes are reaching a historic low. In mid-January, Lake…

Serious Water Main Issue on Santa Barbara Streets and Highway 101 Smooth Out

SANTA BARBARA WATER MAIN FOLLOW UP

Paving crews have been busy fixing areas where new pipes and other repairs have…

Car Swallowed By Sinkhole From Water Main Break in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Water Main Break Causes Headache for Residents

A water main break in Santa Barbara flooded downtown streets and swallowed a car…

Lompoc Residents Left Without Water Following a Waterline Rupture

Stacy Sakai photo

Several residents in the Lompoc neighborhood community of Mission Hills have been…

Officials Hopeful Cloud Seeding Will Help Increase County Water Resevoirs

The Cloud Seeding Program is estimated to boost roughly 10% of rainfall

Paso Robles Votes on Future of Groundwater Basin

Special election for Measures A & B on March 8.

Santa Maria Jiffy Lube Owner Finds Himself in Hot Water

Sean Porcher, owner of the Jiffy Lube along South Broadway in Santa Maria recently…

Months of Wet Weather Preparations Will Get the First Test

Months of Wet Weather Preparations Will Get the First Test

The first significant round of rain coming to the Central Coast will put the winter…

Nearly Dry Santa Barbara Bird Refuge Comes Back with Latest Water Surge

Oscar Flores photo

The nearly dry Andree Clark Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara last week got a wake up…

Strong Winds Cause Damage in San Roque to Two Large Trees

Strong winds Monday night in Santa Barbara caused damage in two locations around the…

Santa Barbara Beaches Swamped by Ocean Surge

John Palminteri photo

Santa Barbara's beach volleyball courts were covered in water this morning, when a…

Drought Slideshows

Slideshow: Montecito Union School Gets Mulch Makeover

There's a crunchy new addition in the Montecito Union School's front yard.

Slideshow: 100-Foot Tall Landmark Tree Cut Down

A landmark tree in Santa Barbara is being cut down after 115 years.

Slideshow: Oak Park Pool Water Pumping

Since it's the end of the swimming season, the pool needed to be emptied. But…

Slideshow: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Cuts Back On Water Use

Up to 50 percent of all water use in Santa Barbara is used on landscaping. If…

Slideshow: Ventura Riverbed Fire Stopped at 20 Acres

Crews on scene have gained control of a fire in Ventura county that's burned at…

Slideshow: Goleta Home Fully Engulfed in Flames

Santa Barbara County and City fire crews are working to put out a house fire in…

Drought Videos

Water main breaks leave mess behind

Water main breaks leave mess behind

residents happy water is back on after early morning break

Whitewater Rafting and the Drought

Whitewater Rafting and the Drought

First Alert Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo shows us how rafting companies in…

Recreation areas show signs of record drought

Recreation areas show signs of record drought

Golfer say drought impacts course but that doesn't stop them from playing

search and rescue crews find missing hiker

search and rescue crews find missing hiker

two rescues in as many days near Ojai

Water conservation part of Fiesta planning

Water conservation part of Fiesta planning

Water conserved during equestrian parade and more

Pool gets green light after controversial appeal

Pool gets green light after controversial appeal

Homeowners battle it out over new pool. Council denies appeal

 
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