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    Advisory Message from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

    The City of Goleta is sharing this message from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

    Heavy rain is expected countywide Wednesday, January 4th, and Thursday, January 5th, 2023. The heaviest rainfall is expected on the South Coast, including the Alisal Burn Scar, Thomas Fire Burn Scar, and the Cave Fire Burn Scar. The most significant rainfall is expected from 10 PM January 4th through 10 AM January 5th. Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and outdoor furniture. Unplanned power outages are possible. 

    Current forecasts indicate this storm may cause significant flooding countywide. Residents should remain vigilant as conditions can change quickly. 

    Before the Rain:

    • If you live in a burn scar area and are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your home, leave the area before the rain starts.  Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.
    • Information about sandbags and protecting your home from flooding can be found at: https://www.readysbc.org/576/Storm-Readiness.

    During Rain:

    • If you feel unsafe during the rainfall, shelter in place in your home by gathering your family and pets in the innermost room of your house, preferably on the top floor if you live in a multi-story home. 
    • Do not attempt to drive at night or while it is raining, as roads may be damaged, and your car may be swept away by moving water or debris. 

    After the Rain:

    • Following a storm, roads may be impacted, and immediate access in or out of the area cannot be guaranteed.
    • Crews will clear roads of mud and rock slides when it is safe to do so.
    • Residents must be prepared to stay in or away from their home for multiple days during and after rain events.

    Public safety officials are keeping a close eye on the incoming storm and working closely with the National Weather Service. Officials will continue to work together to further assess if protective actions, such as an evacuation warning, evacuation order, or shelter-in-place, are necessary.

    Register for Emergency Alerts from the County of Santa Barbara to receive any changes in protective actions.



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