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

Even as the first funerals are taking place for flood victims, search and rescue teams continue the grim task of sifting through mud, and debris looking for the remains of three still missing people. 20 people died in the flooding.

Meanwhile, the around the clock efforts to open a closed section of Highway 101 in Montecito continue in the wake of January 9th’s disastrous flooding in Santa Barbara County. Crews are working towards a goal of a Monday reopening.

Other crews are busy in the creek beds and debris basins around Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria, trying to get them clear before the next storm arrives.

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

The latest information on efforts to repair utilities, and other infrastructure in areas of Southern Santa Barbara County hit by flooding January 9th is that it could be weeks before most services are restored.

CHP investigators in Ventura County say they are looking for the driver of a car in connection with a fatal street race.

Witnesses say that about two p.m. Wednesday two vehicles were racing on Sturgis Road between Camarillo and Oxnard. One of the drivers lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into a culvert. The 17 year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

They can be playful, intelligent, and yes, vocal, making a noise like a barking dog. Some also consider them to be a nuisance, because they love to hang out on docks and beaches, and gobble up squid, clams, and fish including endangered species like salmon.

No matter what you think about California Sea Lions, a new study shows efforts to protect the once threatened species over the decades have worked, and they have made a huge comeback. But, they may now also face a new threat, from global warming.

A cold front moving through the Central and South Coasts Thursday night, and early Friday morning had created concern earlier in the week about the potential for new problems in brush fire burn areas.

But, meteorologists now have good news, and say we’ll see little more than light showers on the South Coast.

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Crews are continuing around the clock efforts in Santa Barbara County to clear Highway 101, and repair damaged roads and utilities in the wake of last week’s deadly flooding.

The death toll remains at 20, and searchers continue to look for three others still missing. 28 were hurt, including two still in critical condition at hospitals. Meanwhile, a center intended to provide one-stop assistance to fire and flood victims opened in Santa Barbara Wednesday.

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While there’s been a lot of attention on efforts to reopen Highway 101 in Montecito in the wake of the January 9th flooding, two other key state highways in the region are also closed.

Crews are working on a number of damaged sections of Highway 192, which runs through the foothills of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. Sections of it are open west and east of Montecito, but there’s no official estimate on when it will open in Montecito itself.

Some elementary school students from Montecito are going to be going to college as a result of the flooding.

Santa Barbara City College is going to be temporarily hosting Montecito Union’s more than 400 students. Starting Thursday, the school will use more than a half dozen of SBCC’s portable classrooms and an event tent as temporary class space.

The Montecito Union campus didn’t suffer serious damage, but it’s in the mandatory evacuation zone.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they are in the final preparations for the February trial of a pipeline company in connection with a huge 2015 oil spill in the county.

The prosecutors say they are preparing an amended indictment outlining criminal charges against Plains All-American Pipeline for the pipeline rupture. The May, 2015 accident near Refugio State Beach spilled more than 140,000 gallons of oil onto beaches and the ocean. Cleanup took months, and cost more than $100 million dollars.

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Around the clock work continues to try to get storm damaged Highway 101 in Montecito reopened, but it’s still expected to be early next week at best before it’s ready for use.

Caltrans District 5 Director Timothy Gubbins says cleanup efforts have been hampered by the highway’s clogged drainage system, clogs they are finally able to get to, and clear.

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.

(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 110 homes were destroyed, and more than 240 houses 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.

The flooding in Santa Barbara County has impacted the planned start of school for some South Coast colleges.

Both Westmont College, and Santa Barbara City College have changed their schedules.

Over the last six weeks, the Thomas Fire followed by torrential flooding last week killed nearly two dozen people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes. But there are ways to cope with the devastation.

You may feel anxious, fearful, angry, confused or helpless after the recent natural disasters took a toll on the South Coast.

A man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison after being convicted of a DUI related collision which killed a Ventura County high school student, and injured two others.

Prosecutors say Mario Arjon of Ventura was speeding near Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard when he slammed into a vehicle which had been slowing, and triggered a multi vehicle accident.

Rio Mesa student Fernando Buenrosto was fatally injured, and two classmates in his car were seriously injured. The students had been returning from a graduation party at Disneyland when they were hit.

Officials overseeing search and rescue efforts into the massive flooding in Santa Barbara say they have made the difficult decision to move into what’s known as a search and recovery mode, which means they don’t expect to find additional survivors.

20 people have died, and four are still missing.

The death toll continues to rise as searchers continue to look for the missing from last Tuesday's deadly flooding in Santa Barbara County.

Search teams found the body of 30 year old Pinit Sutthithepa overnight Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed dead to 20.  The number of people considered missing is now at four.

A vigil will be held Sunday evening in Santa Barbara County to remember those who were killed and others who have been impacted by the devastating flooding.

A group of leaders that represent Montecito organized this event. It will take place at 5 pm on Sunday at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara.

Victims of the deadly mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County last week will be getting much needed help.

The United Way of Santa Barbara County and the United Way of Ventura County created the Thomas Fire Fund, which they have now re-established as the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. The money will pay for basic essentials and beyond.

While the focus for the last week has been on evacuations in the Southern Santa Barbara County area due to the deadly flooding in the Montecito area, other parts of the region were also under evacuation orders.

On Saturday, evacuation orders were lifted for the Sherpa, Whittier, and Alamo burn zones.  No major problems were reported in those areas.

The death toll has now reached 19 as a result of this week’s flooding in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities say the body of 25 year old Morgan Corey was found Saturday. Her 12 year old sister Sawyer had already been identified as a victim of the disaster. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says the number of those considered missing is down to five.

An army of search and rescue workers is continuing efforts Saturday to look for possible survivors of Tuesday's deadly flooding in Santa Barbara.

The death toll remains at 18 people, with seven listed as missing.  The number of missing has changed all week long. 

More than two thousand people are now involved in efforts from search and rescue to assessing damage in the Montecito area.

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