It’s perhaps the last place you’d expect to find a FEMA team, at a Ventura plant nursery.

But on closer inspection, it makes sense: people who lost their homes in the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa, Holiday and Woolsey Fires are not only facing rebuilding their houses, but also relandscaping their property.

FEMA has extended the deadline for people to apply for federal assistance in the wake of the Woolsey, and Hill brush fires. The new deadline is January 31st. The potential assistance includes disaster grants to homeowners and renters for things like temporary housing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released maps created after the January 9th Montecito debris flow to help property owners understand the risks if they rebuild or repair damaged property.

Those risks were explained in a standing-room-only meeting on Thursday at the Santa Barbara County administration building.

The long-awaited Federal Emergency Management Agency risk maps have been released following the evaluation of impacts from the Thomas Fire and the debris flow in January.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and destroyed in the disasters.

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. 

The number of places where Thomas Fire, and flood victims can get aid, and information has expanded.

FEMA now has aid centers up and running in Ventura County.

(Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara County)

Crews are continuing around the clock efforts in Santa Barbara County to clear Highway 101, and repair damaged roads and utilities in the wake of last week’s deadly flooding.

The death toll remains at 20, and searchers continue to look for three others still missing. 28 were hurt, including two still in critical condition at hospitals. Meanwhile, a center intended to provide one-stop assistance to fire and flood victims opened in Santa Barbara Wednesday.

Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents affecting by the Thomas Fire, and/or the flooding can now register for federal assistance through FEMA.

You can call 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week to register. Disaster assistance ranges from help with rent, to essential home repairs. There are also grants for uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and other serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.

Photo by FEMA

Some South Coast homeowners may soon be forced to purchase flood insurance as federal officials create new coastal flood maps.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has used new technology and data to create revised draft flood maps for the Ventura County coast.

Sergio Vargas with the County Watershed Protection District says some properties have been removed from the floodplain while other properties have been included for the first time.