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It’s been more than eight months since the Woolsey Fire, and infrastructure on the south coast is still recovering from the damage.

Part of that recovery is emergency repairs starting Monday on a section of Highway 101 in Agoura Hills between Reyes Adobe and Kanan Roads.

An Isla Vista apartment house will be going through renovations as erosion threatens the side of the building facing the ocean on a 40-foot cliff.

Expensive efforts to protect a popular South Coast beach from erosion apparently aren’t working, prompting Santa Barbara County officials to ask serious questions about the beach’s future.

Goleta Beach is used by an estimated 1.5 million people a year. But, it faces serious erosion problems which threaten everything from its pier to parking lot.

Photo by David Hubbard

Last season’s El Nino didn’t bring a lot of rain to Southern California. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says it may a have actually been one of the most powerful climate events in the last 150 years.

Ecologist David Hubbard with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute is among a team of researchers who examined the 2015/2016 El Nino and its impact on beach erosion of the Pacific Coast. The results were astonishing.

“The erosion was 76% higher than normal. Most of the beaches in California eroded beyond their historic extremes.”

Scientists collected data from 29 beaches along more than 1,200 miles of coastline.