montecito mudflow

The search for two children still unaccounted for after the January 9th mudflow in Montecito has restarted.

The all-volunteer group The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, led by Abe Powell, is spearheading the search.

Powell and a team are going through some remaining debris piles that were moved out of the way in the reconstrucion process, even though search dogs had combed through the area.

John Palminteri

At a town hall meeting Monday night, UCSB Professor Edward Keller urged Montecito residents to leave if strong rains are forecast this winter.

Keller has been studying mudflows for years.  He said larger ones have happened over time; and some were neven bigger than the mudflow that happened January 9th.

Seven months after the Montecito mudflow in January, the Montecito disaster recovery center is in a transition its location on Coast Village Circle.

As it winds down, the Mental Wellness Center, a Santa Barbara nonprofit, will be moving in on a month-to-month lease option to provide services.

Many workers from Amgen, the Thousands Oaks based biotech company that sponsors a bicycle tour of California, did not get to watch the race coming through the South Coast region on Monday.

Instead, they were helping in the disaster-torn region of Montecito.

The front-end costs for Santa Barbara County continue to carry a heavy price tag in the wake of two natural disasters.

The county has just issued a report that says it spent about $46 million in emergency response costs.

This is linked to the Thomas Fire in December and the Montecito Mudflow which began on January 9th.

Hikers have lost some of their favorite areas in our local hills.

Trails have been wiped out by both the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 disaster mudflow.

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

The Montecito Inn has set up  a unique spotlight display in the sky to remember those who died or are missing following the January 9 deadly mudflow.

A single light will be shot to the sky for 23 hours over the next week.

A marketing makeover is underway for the Central Coast after the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudflow disasters.

The top state tourism officials met with hotel, restaurant and other tourism leaders in Santa Barbara Thursday.

An all-volunteer group has come together in Montecito to help their neighbors who are digging out from all the mud caked around their property.

One of the leaders is Abe Powell from the Montecito Fire Protection district.

Mud-caked sidewalks, streets and parking areas are being cleaned by residents returning to Montecito after the evacuation orders were widely lifted over the weekend following the January 9th mudflow.