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Storm drops impressive amounts of rainfall on parts of Central and South Coasts, but no major flooding issues reported

Mike Eliason
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Other than some rocks ending up on the roadway on mountain roads, there were no major flooding issues reported from the Alisal Fire.

Alisal brush fire burn area comes through storm without major debris flows.

The huge storm moving through the Central and South Cost dumped more than three inches of rain in Santa Barbara County’s Alisal brush fire burn area, but no serious debris flow or flooding problems were reported.

3.3” of rain was recorded on Refugio Pass, in the fire zone. However, the rain didn’t reach the intensity needed to trigger slides or flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch for the fire zone, as well as a Urban and Small Street Flood Advisory for Santa Barbara County both expired midday Monday.

The shelter in place and evacuation orders for the burn zone were lifted at 2:45 Monday afternoon.

The storm wasn’t as powerful in our region as it was in Northern California, but there were still some impressive rainfall totals.

On the Central Coast, Rocky Butte in northwestern San Luis Obispo County recorded 5.67” of rain. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo had 5.05”, Pismo Beach .98”, and Solvang 1.03”.

In Southern Santa Barbara County, San Marcos Pass had 3.86”, Montecito .54”, and Carpinteria .50”.

Ventura County’s numbers are still preliminary as of 11 a.m. Monday, but include .21” of rain for Ventura, .08” in Camarillo and .04” in Newbury Park.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.