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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
Thursday February 14th, 2019 :: 06:14 a.m. PST


Message from Aware and Prepare Alerts:

The National Weather Service in OXNARD has issued a Flood Advisory for...Santa Barbara County until 730 AM PST.

NWS: Advertensia de inundacion repentina. Areas quemadas Thomas/Whittier/Sherpa en el condado de Santa Barbara. Mantengase alerta a las condiciones cambiantes. Tome accion para mantenerse a salvo. Conduzca con cuidado

* At 532 AM PST, Doppler radar indicated a line of very heavy 
showers with embedded thunderstorms extending from near San Luis 
Obispo southward to about San Miguel Island. Rainfall rates of one 
quarter to one half inch per hour were common with this band of 
rain, with local rates up to 1 inch per hour. The rain will cause 
widespread ponding of water on area roadways with local flooding 
of low lying areas and intersections in the advisory area through 
730 AM PST. 

* In and below the Sherpa and Whittier burn areas, and in the Santa 
Barbara County portion of the Thomas burn area, shallow mud and 
debris flows are possible. Rockslides are likely on canyon roads 
and below steep terrain. 

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Gaviota 
and Goleta. 


Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

Move away from recently burned areas if safe to do so. Minor 
flooding of creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely. The 
heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris 
flows in steep terrain, especially in and around these areas.

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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-681-5526

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