1/9 debris flow

Two South Coast beaches will be visited by truckloads of debris and sediment soon, as debris basins will need to be cleared out, and the debris deposited elsewhere.

In the wake of the deadly Montecito Debris Flow, officials are being careful about keeping debris basins from overflowing. Areas denuded of vegetation by wildfires are especially prone to mudslides and debris flows.

It’s been a little over 14 months since massive debris flows rolled through parts of Southern Santa Barbara County, killing 23 people and destroying more than 100 homes. Now, a pair of new reports by a consulting company show real estate sales in Montecito took a big hit, while the sudden housing shortage in the county led to a spike in rental prices.

All six of the bridges damaged in the 1/9 Debris Flow in 2018 will not be fully open until sometime this summer.

Residents and community leaders in Santa Barbara are talking to Caltrans about the work that's been underway now for a year.

With the second of three storms approaching the Central and South Coasts expecting to pack a bigger punch than the first, Santa Barbara County officials announced evacuation orders for three brush fire burn zones starting Tuesday morning. The orders affect people in potential debris flow areas below the Sherpa, Whittier, and Thomas brush fire burn zones.

The one year anniversary of the deadly 1/9 debris flow in Montecito was not only a chance to remember those who lost their lives, and were injured. It helped focus new attention on the issue of preparedness. In the wake of the Thomas Fire, and Montecito debris flow, a non-profit agency which normally focuses on feeding the hungry in Santa Barbara County is making available disaster preparedness food kits.

With people in Santa Barbara County tonight remembering the one year anniversary of the deadly and destructive 1/9 debris flow, shuttles have been set up to help what’s expected to be a large crowd reach the area.

The remembrance event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Montecito’s Lower Manning Park, which will be followed by a candlelight march to All-Saints-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church.

Photo by County of Santa Barbara

Surveyors are helping to re-establish property lines in Santa Barbara County after many markers were destroyed following the devastating 1/9 Debris Flow.

As part of the recovery effort, 70 key landmarks known as survey monuments are being set to indicate property boundaries in areas of Montecito destroyed or damaged by the flooding.

An international relief group based on the South Coast is distributing more than a million dollars this week in aid to victims of Southern Santa Barbara County’s deadly 1/9 debris flow.

Direct Relief International established the 1/9 Victims fund to get direct aid to victims. Those being helped include the families of those who died, people who were hurt, and those who suffered property and economic losses.

The dollar amount from insurance claims tied to the deadly January debris flows in Santa Barbara County now tops more than $400 million dollars, and is expected to continue to rise.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones released an update on the status of insurance claims. Jones says insurance companies have received more than 2,000 claims, totalling just over $421 million dollars.