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

Man Thought To Be Victim Of Montecito Flooding Found Safe; Wasn't There When Storm Hit

The search continues in Santa Barbara County for victims of last week’s flooding, but there is little hope of finding additional survivors. The death toll remains at 20 today, with three still missing. It turns out a fourth person on the list Sunday wasn’t even in Montecito at the time of the storm. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say John Keating is a transient who was in Carpinteria when the storm hit. He was found safe in Ventura.

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

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 70 homes were destroyed, with 160 houses and 18 businesses damaged.

The Red Cross shelter for evacuees from Santa Barbara County’s flooding has been moved.

The shelter had been Santa Barbara City College, but Monday it was shifted to the cafeteria at San Marcos High School in Goleta. \

Meanwhile, a community meeting on the flooding is set to take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara.

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

The search continues in Santa Barbara County for victims of last week’s flooding, but there is little hope of finding additional survivors.

The death toll remains at 20 today, with three still missing. It turns out a fourth person on the list Sunday wasn’t even in Montecito at the time of the storm. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say John Keating is a transient who was in Carpinteria when the storm hit. He was found safe in Ventura.

Officials say they are hoping to reopen a key section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara closed by last week’s deadly storm next week.

The shutdown in Montecito disrupted travel between the Central and South Coasts, because it’s impossible for the public to drive between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers says the plan is to reopen the damaged section of the 101 in Montecito on Monday, January 22nd.

Santa Barbara County’s flooding has had a lot of impacts on the community, both big and small.

One of the things that’s been disrupted is postal service. The Montecito and Summerland post offices have been closed since the flooding as a result of the evacuations.

The Summerland Post Office will reopen Tuesday.  The Montecito Post Office will remain closed indefinitely. Montecito customers can get their mail at the Milpas (East Beach) Post Office on Nopalitos Way in Santa Barbara.

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