montecito flooding

(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.

(Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara County)

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Caltrans and CHP officials say damage to Highway 101 from Tuesday's flash flood in Santa Barbara County is worse than thought, and the full highway closure in Montecito is now being called "indefinite."

Santa Barbara city and business leaders are meeting today to discuss the massive impacts of the Montecito floods.

Countless businesses were destroyed and others closed by the evacuation.

Tuesday’s flooding in Santa Barbara County caused death, destruction, as well as a new problem in the form of ocean pollution.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have closed a nearly 50 miles stretch of the county’s coastline to swimming, surfing and other activities. They say the water has been contaminated by high bacterial levels, chemicals, and sewage carried into the ocean by the flood waters.

Authorities have released the names of the 20 people known to have been fatally injured in the January 9th flooding in Santa Barbara County.

Highway 101 remains closed in the Montecito area due to the flooding, and officials continue to say it will be at least Monday before it reopens.   But, there are rail and boat alternatives.

With sections of Highway 192 closed from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara, and many surface streets also still shut down, you still can’t drive between Summerland and Santa Barbara.

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

Officials say Thursday morning that the death toll from this week's major storm stands at 17 in Santa Barbara County, but that the number of people still considered to be missing is now down to eight.

Search and rescue efforts on Wednesday led to the rescue of three additional people, as well as the recovery of two bodies.  As of Wednesday night, officials say the nearly 500 people involved in search efforts had gone through about 75% of the 50 plus homes destroyed, and nearly 450 damaged in their hunt for more survivors.

There are a number of utilities issues for people in the Montecito area in the wake of Tuesday's deadly flooding.

A number of leaks prompted the shutdown of natural gas service to the community, and that’s expected to last for the next few days. Electricity is also out to thousands of customers.