#montecito flooding

It’s been a little over 14 months since massive debris flows rolled through parts of Southern Santa Barbara County, killing 23 people and destroying more than 100 homes. Now, a pair of new reports by a consulting company show real estate sales in Montecito took a big hit, while the sudden housing shortage in the county led to a spike in rental prices.

The second wave of a big storm system is hitting the Central and South Coasts Thursday morning. It could drop one to two inches of rain in coastal and inland areas. The foothills and mountains could top four inches. There are no evacuation orders for the region, but the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Santa Barbara County, including the Thomas, Whittier, and Sherpa brush fire burn areas.

It’s a quiet, soothing atmosphere as music plays in a small lingerie boutique on Santa Barbara’s Eastside.

But, for more than three months, the 400 square foot shop, Sheer Delights Lingerie & Accessories, was way too quiet for owner Natalia Govoni. Like many businesses, her store was hard hit by the double whammy of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flow.