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New disaster recovery centers opening in Santa Barbara County

Storm damage near the Ranco Oso campground.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Storm damage near the Rancho Oso campground.

Centers in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria will be open, and available to storm victims for the next few weeks.

Two disaster recovery centers are opening this weekend in Santa Barbara County to help people hard hit by the January 9th storm.

One of the centers will be at the offices of the non-profit agency Direct Relief in Santa Barbara, and the other will be at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. They will open at noon on Saturday.

Then, they will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily for at least the next two weeks. There’s information available on aid at the county, state, and federal levels.

The centers have FEMA staff on hand to answer questions, and help people apply for federal assistance and disaster loans.

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.