montecito debris flow

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It’s the day those who lived through it will never forget.  January 9th, 2018 was the day when mud, rocks, debris, and water roared through a South Coast community, killing 23 people, injuring more than 160 others, and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes.

A new documentary directed by one of the South Coast’s most famous residents looks at the deadly 2018 Montecito debris flow, which killed 23 people.

Actor Rob Lowe’s film “Madness In The Hills” tells the story of the disaster largely through the eyes of survivors and first responders.  Lowe is a Montecito resident.  The film examines factors which led to the debris flow, which Lowe says includes climate change.

Construction is set to get underway this month on nearly $6 million in additional road and bridge repairs, all related to the deadly January 2018 debris flow in Santa Barbara County.

UC Santa Barbara researchers were closing tracking the content of the mud and other materials brought to the ocean for dumping after the 2018 Montecito Debris Flow.

Thousands of truckloads of debris were dumped as a way to clear out debris basins and streets.

Santa Barbara County has figured out how it’s going to use a $28 million dollar settlement from a utility company related to the massive Thomas brush fire, and Montecito debris flow. Southern California Edison reached a number of settlements with government agencies over costs incurred as a result of the disaster, because of the role the company’s equipment was believed to have played in the start of the blaze.

John Palminteri

Hundreds came out to Westmont College to remember the second anniversary of the Montecito debris flow disaster.

The disaster on January 9, 2018, claimed 23 lives and destroyed more than 150 homes.

An economic and market research company reports at the current pace, it could be 2029 before rebuilding is complete in Montecito from the deadly debris flow which devastated parts of the community.

Santa Barbara-based Robert Niehaus, Incorporated reviewed building permits and other documents related to recovery efforts.

It was a day no one who lived through it will ever forget.  Water, mud and debris rolled through Santa Barbara County’s foothills, killing 23 people, injuring more than 160, and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes. It was four in the morning on January 9th, 2018. The still burning Thomas brush fire had stripped the mountains above Montecito bare, and heavy rain sent the torrent streaming through the community.

A candlelight ceremony is planned to commemorate the anniversary of a tragedy which killed 23 people, injured dozens more, and displaced hundreds of Santa Barbara County residents. Thursday marks the second anniversary of the deadly Montecito debris flow.

Caltrans officials say a new version of one of the bridges destroyed or damaged by the January 2018 Montecito debris flow is going to reopen Friday afternoon.  The Montecito Creek Bridge is set to open.  Work is still underway on the project, but enough work is complete that it can be used.

The UC Santa Barbara film department is preparing a movie about resiliency in communities, and a Montecito business is part of the story.

Filming took place at The Village Cheese and Wine restaurant on Monday.

The state is proposing an update of emergency warning procedures for the public in the wake of several major disasters, including the 2018 Montecito debris flow. The guidelines developed by the State Office of Emergency Services would establish a uniform set of emergency alert protocols.

Last week was the first major test of the rainfall season for many of the burn areas on the Central and South Coasts.  The good news was that there were no major problems, with the exception of the flooding of an RV park in Ventura County.

Many of those who died in the 1/9 debris flow in 2018 in what were labeled voluntary evacuation areas. Public safety officials have changed evacuation protocols in Santa Barbara County to make them easier to understand, and to keep people safe.

About 1500 people gathered Wednesday night to mark the one year anniversary of the Montectio Mudflow and remember those who died in the tragic disaster.

The catastrophe impacted hundreds of homes, closed a major freeway, caused millions of dollars in economic losses, and took 23 lives.

Matt Udkow / Santa Barbara County Fire Department

One year after the deadly and destructive Montecito Mudflow, a special memorial event will take place tonight.

The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. at Manning Park on San Ysidro Road.