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Students are being allowed into a Central Coast college residence hall in small groups to retrieve key possessions, after an unstable hillside forced its evacuation over the weekend.

Cal Poly ordered the evacuation of Fremont Hall Saturday over concerns of a potential mudslide. There were also concerns than two large trees might fall onto the building, but those trees have since been removed. The hillside movement damaged a retaining wall, but crews have done work to reinforce it.

Photo by David Hubbard

Last season’s El Nino didn’t bring a lot of rain to Southern California. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says it may a have actually been one of the most powerful climate events in the last 150 years.

Ecologist David Hubbard with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute is among a team of researchers who examined the 2015/2016 El Nino and its impact on beach erosion of the Pacific Coast. The results were astonishing.

“The erosion was 76% higher than normal. Most of the beaches in California eroded beyond their historic extremes.”

Scientists collected data from 29 beaches along more than 1,200 miles of coastline.

Residents who live near an old nuclear testing and rocket lab facility in Ventura County displayed mixed views at a hearing over the weekend on proposals for a cleanup.

The U.S. Department of Energy released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that included several plans to remove pollution from nearly 500 acres of land east and northeast of the Santa Susana Field Lab, and the public was invited to weigh-in on Saturday in Simi Valley.

While some residents say they’re pleased with cleanup efforts, others used the hearing to voice their opposition.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Rescue crews have located the body of a man who may have been swept away by heavy flooding in the Conejo Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say around 8:45 Saturday morning, officials in a sheriff’s helicopter and swift water rescuers found the body in a remote area of the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks. The man has not yet been identified.

Crews have been searching for a man in his 20s who was swept away Friday afternoon by fast-moving water when heavy rainfall flooded the barranca area near the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks. Just after 2 p.m., they rescued three people who were stranded within the barranca, and they told authorities that a fourth man had been swept away by the water.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A South Coast airport and a major highway reopens, but some flooding issues persist as the storm tapers off on Saturday.

The Santa Barbara Airport -- that had to shut down Saturday afternoon because part of its main runway flooded -- has reopened. Officials say runways were reopened to all aircraft at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, but travelers are warned that standing water is still an issue on roads leading to the airport.

A portion of Highway 101 on the South Coast, which was closed for more than six hours by storm flooding on Friday afternoon, is finally open.

Three people were rescued, but the search is continuing for a fourth person who was swept away when heavy rainfall quickly flooded a barranca area in the Conejo Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, a Search and Rescue team and a helicopter responded to a call of some people stranded by high water on the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks just after 2 p.m. Friday.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

The storm caused localized flooding, and scattered power outages in a number of areas on the Central and South Coasts.

In Santa Barbara, three apartment buildings on the 3400 block of Richland Drive had to be evacuated after a retaining wall behind them failed. Santa Barbara Airport had to shut down operations at around 4 p.m. Friday after a section of its main runway flooded.

The former operator of a mortgage business in Ventura County who offered to help homeowners in financial trouble, but instead stole their money has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Patrick Iturra was sentenced after being convicted of five counts of foreclosure consultant fraud, and grand theft.

Prosecutors say he was a partner in a company called Mercury Business Group which had eight documented victims.  Seven of them lost their homes.

In addition to the year in jail, Iturra was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

A key section of Highway 101 on the South Coast is closed by storm flooding, stranding thousands of motorists.

Northbound lanes of the 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria, near La Conchita were closed at around 2 p.m.  CHP officers say there's two to three feet of water and mud on the highway.

Northbound traffic is being stopped at Seacliff, and turned around back to Ventura.  With other mountain roads like Highway 150 treacherous because of the heavy rainfall, there are no practical alternatives at this point for northbound traffic.

The Channel Islands are famous for the tiny island fox. But, did you know that they were also home to mammoths – weighing anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 pounds?

Researchers are now preserving a rare mammoth fossil that was discovered on the Channel Islands, and you can get a firsthand look as they try to learn more about it.

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