Santa Barbara- S County

No major problems in Sherpa Fire zone from days of rain

El Captain Canyon Resort wet and bucolic

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - El Capitan Canyon Resort, a local landmark below the Sherpa Fire zone on the Gaviota coast, has fared well during a week of rain.

El Capitan Creek was flowing fast within its banks Thursday afternoon, with no major problems.

Staff members at the resort say several of them were on standby Wednesday night into Thursday morning if things turned fierce overnight.

"Since our own debris flow a couple of years ago, our staff has gone through extensive community emergency response training," said Terri Bowman, Managing Partner at El Capitan Canyon. "So, we were ready and thankfully, none of our expertise was needed. We fared very well here in the canyon. Everything is beautiful."

It was nearly two years ago to the day when heavy rains triggered a flash flood and mudslide in the canyon. The intense storm came seven months after the 2016 Sherpa Fire. Five of the resort's cabins were swept off their foundations and 22 people had to be rescued.

This time, a much different scenario and impact from four back-to-back storms; the canyon's bucolic setting highlighted by the colors of leaves turning and the sound of the river flowing.  

Staff tells us the resort is sold out, starting Saturday, for the long MLK Holiday weekened.

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