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The third in a series of storms to hit the Central and South Coasts will mean wet weather, but no serious concerns or evacuations for brush fire burn areas in the region Friday.

The storm could drop a quarter of a half inch of rain along the coast, and up to an inch in the mountains and foothills. Rainfall rates are expected to be in the one tenth to three tenths of an hour range, which is well below the threshold for debris flow concerns.

The latest in a string of community meetings to share the latest information on storm preparedness is set to take place Tuesday in Carpinteria.

Public safety officials in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have been holding a series of meetings to share new maps on potential flood and debris flow zones.

Hundreds of trucks are hauling mud from Montecito’s mudflow disaster to Goleta Beach. While the work is being completed, the beach waters are closed.

A posted sign at the beach is causing confusion among people who think everything there is closed.   

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

The Montecito Inn has set up  a unique spotlight display in the sky to remember those who died or are missing following the January 9 deadly mudflow.

A single light will be shot to the sky for 23 hours over the next week.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Amid the loss and destruction from the deadly flooding in Santa Barbara County, there’s an effort to create a vision for rebuilding.

People who live and work in and around the Montecito area are being asked to voice their thoughts on how to rebuild.

An all-volunteer group has come together in Montecito to help their neighbors who are digging out from all the mud caked around their property.

One of the leaders is Abe Powell from the Montecito Fire Protection district.

Mud-caked sidewalks, streets and parking areas are being cleaned by residents returning to Montecito after the evacuation orders were widely lifted over the weekend following the January 9th mudflow.

More Santa Barbara County residents can return home now that additional evacuation orders have been lifted following the deadly flooding.

Mail service is returning to some residents impacted by the flooding in Santa Barbara County.

U.S. Postal Service says it will be delivering mail 24 hours after the evacuations are lifted in impacted mudslide areas. The Montecito Post Office is set to reopen with full retail services on Monday.

With mud-caked boots and pants, Santa Barbara County's search and rescue team continues to look for two children lost in the Montecito mudflow disaster.

The crews have been aided by search dogs along with 20 teams from out of the area. They were focused on an area between East Valley Road and the ocean.

There's quite a bit of frustration from residents living in Montecito, who are evacuated and cannot get their mail.

It has been relocated over to the Nopalitos - Milpas Street post office, and there the distribution has taken quite some time. 

Along with the freeway, Coast Village Road has been closed off during the Montecito mudflow disaster.

Now that Highway 101 has reopened, businesses in the area have been told that the street should be open on Tuesday.

(Caltrans photo)

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.

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.

Firefighters say they now have full containment of the monster 282,000 acre Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the inferno which set the stage for this week's flash flooding in Montecito.

The fire is the largest in modern day state history.  It started off of Highway 150 near Santa Paula December 4th, and led to two deaths and the loss of more than a thousand homes and other buildings.

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

Five deaths have been confirmed as a result of flash floods, debris flows and mudslides in the Montecito area early Tuesday morning.

A number of homes were destroyed, or damaged as a result of the storm.

Firefighters, and other public safety workers also rescued a number of people, including a 14 year old girl who was trapped in the debris of a damaged home.  Helicopters were used as part of the rescue effort.

More than a thousand people packed Santa Barbara's Granada Theater Tuesday, for a memorial to remember Michael Towbes.

The philanthropist and businessman passed away in April at the age of 87.

Towbes was the president of Montecito Bank and Trust, a developer, and a major supporter of nonprofits and the arts.

A teenager has been struck and killed by a train on the South Coast, and investigators are trying to figure what he was doing on the railroad tracks.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, a young man -- identified as 18-year-old Connor O’Keefe of Santa Barbara -- was walking northbound along the tracks near Fernald Point Lane in Montecito when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train that was also headed northbound.

Two people were taken to a hospital from treatment of injuries they suffered from a chemical leak at a South Coast hotel.

Montecito firefighters were called to the Four Seasons Biltmore at around 11:30 Tuesday morning by reports of a container leaking a hazardous material.

(Caruso Affiliated illustration)

Work officially started Monday on a new South Coast resort which has been talked about for more than a decade.

A groundbreaking event took place for the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito, a high end 161 room resort on what was the site of the community’s historic Miramar Resort.

The Montecito Country Club is getting a new look as part of $40 million makeover.

With the South Coast in a drought, however, the rollout of grass and the visible sprinkler system has caught the attention of passersby.

The once-blue-roofed Miramar Hotel and Convention Hall in Montecito is finally making a comeback.

Ownership and design changes on the project have gone on for 16 years.

The legendary Magic Castle is apparently coming to the South Coast.

The founder of the Hollywood landmark bought a building in Montecito with the intention of opening another Magic Castle.

The Magic Castle is a members-only clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, which features magic shoes, memorabilia, a dining room, and multiple bars. The mysterious looking mansion was built by Milt Larson in the 1960’s.

Detectives say an attractive woman who used dating websites to meet people, but then steal their financial information has been arrested in Santa Barbara County.

Investigators with the Southern California High Tech Task Force say Maria Johnson has been living the high life for close to a decade in Southern California on other people’s credit.

(SBCSO Photo)

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are just releasing details of a daring daytime robbery inside a posh South Coast hotel’s jewelry store.

The wind has eased on the South Coast, but it’s made for a rough weekend for some local communities.

Montecito was hit by a major power outage late Friday and early Saturday, with the outage triggering seven structure fires.

None of the fires caused major damage, but the firefighters were busy responding to the fire and power lines down calls.

There's been a big water loss in one South Coast district at a time when every drop is needed.

In an extreme drought, to see 50,000 gallons of water go down the drain is upsetting for everyone, especially officials with the Montecito Water District.

It happened Sunday night in a truck accident.

The vehicle sheared off a hydrant on Sheffield Drive at Birnham Wood.