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One Week After Flooding In Santa Barbara County, Numbers Show 115 Homes Destroyed; FEMA Offering Aid

One week after Southern Santa Barbara County was hit by massive flooding, the death toll remains at 20 people, with three still missing. Highway 101 remains closed, as crews work around the clock to remove mud and debris. Earth movers are rumbling through the Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria areas as they claw through mountains of mud, and debris.

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Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say they’ve been dealing with inaccurate concerns being spread on the South Coast that debris, and storm runoff being moved to landfills, and beaches could be spreading Hepatitis C.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Charity Dean says Hepatitis C is transmitted when blood from an infected person comes in contact with blood from an uninfected person. It doesn’t spread through food or water. Dean also says it’s unlikely other types of hepatitis could be spread through the storm runoff or debris.

Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents affecting by the Thomas Fire, and/or the flooding can now register for federal assistance through FEMA.

You can call 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week to register. Disaster assistance ranges from help with rent, to essential home repairs. There are also grants for uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and other serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.

A community event is planned for this week on the South Coast to help people cope with the trauma and stress created by the Thomas Fire, and the Santa Barbara County flood.

The program featuring a panel of UC Santa Barbara psychologists is called “Promoting Resilience In The Wake Of Local Disasters.”

The free event will take place at 7 Thursday night at the New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

One week after Southern Santa Barbara County was hit by massive flooding, the death toll remains at 20 people, with three still missing.

Highway 101 remains closed, as crews work around the clock to remove mud and debris. Earth movers are rumbling through the Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria areas as they claw through mountains of mud, and debris.

Coast Village Road businesses owners looking for relief are organizing this week.

They plan to meet with attorneys familiar with FEMA at their impact hub offices, January 16, 23 and 25 at 117 State St.

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Tuesday marks a week since the rain pounded Santa Barbara’s front country, sending torrents of water into Montecito and causing deadly flooding. The death toll stands at 20, with three still missing. Search and recovery efforts are continuing. 28 people were treated for injuries at South Coast hospitals, with seven still being treated, and two in critical condition. The latest numbers show that more than 110 homes were destroyed, and more than 240 houses damaged.

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Coast Village Road businesses owners looking for relief are organizing this week.

They plan to meet with attorneys familiar with FEMA at their impact hub offices, January 16, 23 and 25 at 117 State St.

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