A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Santa Barbara County effective at 4 PM Thursday, March 9th through 4 AM Saturday, March 11th. Avoid low-lying and flood-prone areas, areas with standing water, and areas near creeks or streams. If you are in one of these areas be prepared to go to higher ground. Visit www.weather.gov/lox for more information.
Another rain system is expected to arrive in Santa Barbara County on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Rainfall is predicted to start Thursday evening and remain consistent through Saturday morning. There is a small potential for thunderstorms which could produce heavier rainfall.
Current forecasts indicate this storm is likely to cause excessive runoff which may result in dangerous flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low lying and flood prone areas.
Residents should take steps to prepare ahead of the storm. https://www.countyofsb.org/576/Storm-Readiness
If you are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your home, leave the area before rain starts. Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.
If you feel unsafe during the rainfall, shelter in place in your home by gathering your family and pets in the inner most 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.
Public safety officials are keeping a close eye on the incoming storm. Officials will continue to work together to further assess if emergency protective actions are necessary, such as an evacuation warning, evacuation order, or shelter in place.
Other Information Resources:
- Visit the following CalTrans website to check the status of highways: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/roadscell.php
- Visit the following County Public Works website to check the status of local roadways: https://www.countyofsb.org/2116/Road-Closures