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Nine people reportedly suffered from a drug overdose in Isla Vista Thursday night around 10:30.

Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies, fire personnel, and paramedics were called to the scene.

A multiple casualty incident was declared, requiring more emergency workers.

The front-end costs for Santa Barbara County continue to carry a heavy price tag in the wake of two natural disasters.

The county has just issued a report that says it spent about $46 million in emergency response costs.

This is linked to the Thomas Fire in December and the Montecito Mudflow which began on January 9th.

A well capping project is underway on the Summerland coastline, where what's knoen as the Becker oil well has been leaking for years.

It dates back to the early 1900s when offshore and onshore oil drilling first began in Summerland.

A polluting oil well in the near-shore waters off Summerland beach will now be capped to prevent any further leaking.

The Becker well dates back decades, when onshore and offshore drilling took place in the area.

The well was never sealed off properly.

A fire has forced the closure of a restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.

AJ Spurs is a large, well-known eatery established in 1989.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m.

In the hills of Santa Barbara, a dilapidated structure known as the Franceschi house is about to go through a big change.

In a Parkside overlook that's been the focus of community debate for years, the house was a contribution in and memory of botanist Francesco Franceschi and architect Aldon Freeman.

Hikers have lost some of their favorite areas in our local hills.

Trails have been wiped out by both the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 disaster mudflow.

Hundreds of trucks are hauling mud from Montecito’s mudflow disaster to Goleta Beach. While the work is being completed, the beach waters are closed.

A posted sign at the beach is causing confusion among people who think everything there is closed.   

A weather system will bring a chance of showers to the Central and South Coasts but forecasters say they don’t expect issues for the region’s brush fire burn areas.

There’s a 20-40 percent chance of showers predicted through Wednesday for the region.

A town hall meeting has been set for Thursday night in Montecito Union School to talk about the new concerns after the recent mudslide disaster.

The reshaping of the creeks and landscaping along with still-clogged drainages and chokepoints are a serious concern in the face of another possible rainstorm or earthquake.

Millions of dollars could coming back to Santa Barbara for costs related to the recent mudflow disaster that mainly hit Montecito County, but also impacted Coast Village Road. The city utilized fire and police services following the mudslide. 

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

The Montecito Inn has set up  a unique spotlight display in the sky to remember those who died or are missing following the January 9 deadly mudflow.

A single light will be shot to the sky for 23 hours over the next week.

A marketing makeover is underway for the Central Coast after the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudflow disasters.

The top state tourism officials met with hotel, restaurant and other tourism leaders in Santa Barbara Thursday.

An all-volunteer group has come together in Montecito to help their neighbors who are digging out from all the mud caked around their property.

One of the leaders is Abe Powell from the Montecito Fire Protection district.

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