Santa Barbara County, CA

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 21:48

January Storm Jan 13 PM fact sheet

Incident Update

Date: 01/13/2018 Time: 7:00 PM

Information Line: (833) 688-5551

Via Text: (805) 699-0165

Media Line: (805) 996-0579


Incident Start Date: 01/09/2018

Incident Start Time: 02:00 AM

Incident Type: Winter Storm

Cause: Heavy Winter Rain

Acreage: 30 Square Miles

Containment: See "Current Situation"

Incident Location: Areas North of and adjacent to Hwy 101 in Montecito

Single Family Residences Destroyed: 65

Commercial Property Destroyed: 8

Commercial Property Damaged: 20

Commercial Property Threatened: 200

Fatalities: 19

Injuries: 28

Missing: 5

Single Family Residences Damaged: 462 Single Family Residences Threatened: 3,000


Engines: 163

Water Rescue Teams: 2

Helicopters: 3

Dozers: 8

K9 USAR: 39

Technical Rescue: 10

Air Tankers: 0

Hand Crews: 44

Total Personnel: 1976

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, CalTrans, US Coast Guard, US Navy, So Cal Gas, So Cal Edison, SB SAR, American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Public Works, California Conservation Corps.



Crews continue to search buildings and debris flows for trapped victims. The unstable environment remains a critical


threat to civilians and responders. The large amounts of mud and debris are making access and progress challenging.

Search and rescue remains the highest priority.

Damage inspection has begun. Damaged and destroyed numbers are estimates and likely to change as crews

continue to make progress.

Anticipate the numbers of missing persons to fluctuate significantly. The Sheriff's Department is continually

receiving reports of missing persons and is actively investigating each report. Many reports reach a rapid and

successful conclusion, other require additional investigation.


The unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria:


NORTH of Hwy 192 to the U.S. Forest Service Boundary: EAST of Cold Springs Road to Toro Canyon Rd on the WEST.

SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean: EAST of Sycamore Canyon Rd/Hot Springs Rd/Oak Rd/Olive Mill to Ortega Ridge Rd

on the WEST.


All areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean:


EAST of Summit Rd/Hot Springs Road/Channel Drive and WEST of Sycamore Canyon Rd/Hot Springs/Olive Mill.

People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately if the situation



Santa Barbara City College Campus Gymnasium


721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca

Incident Update


Natural gas has been shut off to most parts of Montecito. It is expected to be several days before restoration. For additional gas outage information, go to or dial 1-800-427-2200

Power outages are affecting over 6,000 homes and businesses, primarily in the Montecito area. Many areas of Montecito are without potable water and sanitary services.

Water outage is anticipated throughout the Montecito Water District (excluding Summerland).

Boil Water Notice:

ALL customers of the Montecito Water District (including Summerland) should boil or disinfect with bleach any tap water before drinking or cooking. An interactive map of this area is located at

Directions on how to boil or disinfect water:

Bottled Water Distribution:

Bottled water will be distributed at two locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. This water is only for Montecito District customers in need of water: -Montecito Fire Station #2 at 2300 Sycamore Canyon Rd and Cold Spring Rd.

-Shopping center at South West corner of East Valley Road and San Ysidro Road (Upper Village) -Summerland Post Office at 2245 Lillie Ave

Animal Shelters:

Large Animals: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara Small Animal Shelter: Santa Barbara Humane Society

For assistance with large and small animals, call (805) 681-4332

Ocean Water Closures & Quality:

In order to protect the public's health, the Santa Barbara County Health Officer has closed the ocean waters for public use until further notice. This order does not include the sandy beaches themselves. Gaviota Beach down the coast to the County line at Rincon Point. People should not enter the water as levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels.

Family Assistance Center:

First Presbyterian Church 21 E. Constance Ave Santa Barbara, CA

Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 16th

  • Purpose is to provide assistance in finding friends or family who may have been affected by the storm.

  • Staffed by Sheriff, Red Cross, Behavioral Wellness, Social Services and Public Health.

School Closures:

For the most up-to-date information on school closures, contact your local school district or call 211.

Road Closures:

Highway 101 SB @ Milpas St to Padaro Ln. Highway 101 NB @ Hwy 150 to Milpas St. HWY 192 in multiple locations

Donations and Volunteering:

For donations and volunteer opportunities, please contact these organizations:

  • Red Cross local chapter:www.redcross.orgor text "redcross" to 90999

  • United Way of Santa Barbara

  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County: 1525 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

  • Salvation Army: 423 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • Unity Shoppe: 1401 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional Information:

Call 211 (local) or (800) 400-1572 (toll-free)

Call Information Line at (833) 688-5551 or text (805) 699-0165