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Utility Services Disrupted In Montecito In Wake Of Flooding, Mudslides

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Some of the widespread flooding in Montecito Tuesday

An estimated 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County are currently impacted by evacuation orders of some type related to this week's big storm.

Some 7,000 residents are in a mandatory evacuation area still, and some 23,000 are in the voluntary evacuation zone.

Even for people outside of the direct disaster zone, there are a number of issues related to basic utilities.

Power outages are affecting about 6,000 homes and businesses in Montecito. Natural gas service is also out to most parts of the community while repairs are being made to the distribution system. And, many areas of Montecito are without safe tap water or sewage service.

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.