CASITAS SPRINGS, Calif. - The California Department of Transportation is preparing for possible debris flow that could occur on Highway 33 in Ventura County.
The Vista Fire scorched about 85 acres in October leaving the nearby hillside dry and barren and susceptible to rock and debris slides during the rainy season.
Caltrans has installed rail barriers along the roadway to prevent debris from flowing onto the road, but representatives say the barriers are unlikely to stop large amounts of debris during significant rainfall.
Travelers should be prepared for road closures during heavy rain. Detours will be put in place during those possible closures.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services will be hosting a town hall meeting on December 14 at the Oak View Community Center at 18 Valley Road. Residents of Casitas Springs and the Ojai Valley are encouraged to attend.
Experts and local law enforcement will be on hand to answer questions.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has released the following tip to keep the public informed of any future closures caused by debris flow.
- In an effort to the keep residents informed with up to the minute information on closures impacting Highway 33, local authorities have established a text notification service to provide motorists information via text message. To subscribe to this notification service text the word VISTA to 888777 and you will be subscribed to the notification group. This service is free of charge however standard text messaging rates do apply.
- Residents are also encouraged to sign up for VC Alert, Ventura County’s Emergency Notification System. In the event an emergency incident requires residents to evacuate, take shelter or follow specific instructions, public safety officials will use this system to notify residents in a timely manner. The system is capable calling multiple cellular & landline telephones, emailing & text messaging. The service is offered free of charge and is available by visiting this website.
- During an active incident, Ventura County Residents may find out more information by visiting this website or calling the Office of Emergency Services information hotline at (805) 465-6650.