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    Remember Previous Storms. Take This One Seriously.


    Today, we mark a tragic and somber anniversary. Five years ago, heavy rainfall in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire triggered the Montecito Debris Flow, which took the lives of more than twenty Central Coast residents.

    Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those we lost that day. We owe it to them, and all others who were impacted by similar disasters in years past, to take the storm and potential flooding we’re facing this week just as seriously.

    Right now, atmospheric rivers and high surf have put the entire Central Coast at risk for severe flooding over the next 48 hours–many of you may have already received alerts related to flash flooding warnings and evacuations.

    It is critical that you and your family follow updates from your local emergency services to be aware of potential hazards and threats.

    You can find the most up-to-date information for your county here:

    Santa Barbara County

    San Luis Obispo County

    Ventura County


    Hoy conmemoramos un aniversario trágico y sombrío. Hace cinco años, fuertes lluvias causaron deslaves en Montecito (the Montecito Debris Flow) que se cobraron más de veinte vidas en la Costa Central.

    Nuestros pensamientos están con las familias y amigos de aquellos que perdimos ese día.

    Les debemos a ellos, y a todos los demás que se vieron afectados por desastres similares en años tanteriores, tomar la tormenta y las posibles inundaciones a las que nos enfrentamos esta semana con la misma seriedad.

    En este momento, las fuertes lluvias y el oleaje alto han puesto a toda la costa central en riesgo de sufrir inundaciones severas durante las próximas 48 horas, y es fundamental que usted y su familia sigan las advertencias de los servicios de emergencia locales para estar al tanto de los peligros y amenazas potenciales.

    Puede encontrar la información para su condado aquí:

    Santa Barbara

    San Luis Obispo



    Please continue to utilize these resources, follow guidance from local emergency management departments, and sign up for local emergency alerts to stay informed about this and future storms.

    Be smart and stay safe.


    Congressman Salud Carbajal

    Rep. Salud Carbajal
    Rep. Salud Carbajalhttps://carbajal.house.gov/
    Congressman Salud Carbajal represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Salud sits on the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair.


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