Santa Barbara County storm evacuation orders lifted

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

The Santa Barbara County officials lifted all Mandatory Evacuation Orders for Santa Barbara County effective at 10:30 a.m. March 13, 2018.

The mandatory orders will be in effect starting 8 p.m. Monday for areas the county has identified as being at "extreme high risk" for unsafe debris flows, shown in red on the county risk map.

Residents who live near the site of a deadly January mudslide in Southern California were ordered to evacuate yet again Monday night amid fears that an incoming storm system could trigger more risky debris flows.

Communities affected are near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Alamo fire burn areas.

National Weather Service meteorologists said critical rain rates did not materialize in the burn areas as expected.

"Storms can easily exceed forecasts, and we constantly balance this possibility with actions need to keep the public safe", concluded Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

"Please do not wait for someone to come to your door and contact you in person to tell you to leave", county Sheriff Bill Brown said during a news conference Monday.

The incoming storm also prompted voluntary evacuations for neighborhoods in Matilija Canyon and the North Fork area, north of Ojai in Ventura County.

Authorities have issued evacuation orders for some areas devastated by January's deadly mudslides because of another storm expected to hit coastal Southern California.

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