Storm coming, evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara County

Debris Flow Risk Map courtesy of Santa Barbara County

The County of Santa Barbara is not taking chances with the coming storms.

Officials learned valuable lessons following the January storm that caught people off guard, resulting in lost lives.

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“Each storm since the 1/9 Debris Flow adds to our understanding and ability to make decisions to keep residents safe, evacuate residents only when necessary, and return residents home as soon as possible,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

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Santa Barbara County released the following information:

Due to a strengthening weather system forecast to arrive early Tuesday morning, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a mandatory evacuation order for Extreme High Risk (red) areas along the southern Santa Barbara County coast.

High Risk (yellow) areas will be under a recommended evacuation warning.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and other emergency managers will speak about the mandatory evacuation order.

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up for Aware and Prepare emergency alerts at

For general information, call 2-1-1 from 805 area code or 800-400-1572 outside of 805, or text your zip code to 898-211.

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