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Remembrance Event Set For 2018 Montecito Debris Flow Which Claimed 23 Lives

(KCLU photo)
One of the many houses hard hit by the January, 2018 Montecito debris flow

This weekend marks a tough anniversary in Santa Barbara County.  January 9th marks three years since the Montecito debris flow tore through the community.  It will be commemorated with a ceremony Saturday night.

23 people died, more than 160 were injured, and hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged by the torrent of mud, boulders, debris, and water.

Because of the pandemic, the remembrance event will take place online. 

Montecito firefighters will light candles for each of the 23 victims, churches and schools in the community will ring their bells 23 times, and a spotlight will be turned on as a symbol of the community’s unity.

You can find a link to the 6:30 p.m. ceremony at:

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.