montecito debris flow

A bill by a Santa Barbara County legislator intended to help victims of mudslides, and debris flows related to brush fires is now on the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

SB 917 tries to clarify the law to say that if someone has insurance for a brush fire, that insurance would also cover related impacts like a mudslide or debris flow. The legislation was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara in the wake of January’s destructive debris flows in Montecito.

Caltrans officials say they are making progress on efforts to repair, or replace six bridges badly damaged by the January flooding and debris flows in southern Santa Barbara County.

All six bridges are on Highway 192, the east-west state highway which runs parallel to Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara.

Like hundreds of Montecito residents, January 9th, 2018 is a day Nick and Pamela Wheeler will never forget. It’s the day when they barely escaped the deadly storm, and debris flow which claimed 23 lives. The Wheelers say they are grateful to have come through the disaster unhurt, especially when so many others died, or were injured. But, there are among the Thomas fire and flood survivors facing a new challenge: trying to get money from their insurance companies.