Community meeting

Rainfall runoff report ready for Montecito community meeting

MONTECITO, Calif. — How much rain will come this winter is still a mystery, but residents will get an update on the potential dangers at a town hall meeting Thursday.

The winter storm prep meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Montecito Union School.

Fire Chief Kevin Taylor will join experts from the National Weather Service, Santa Barbara County Flood Control and analysts who have studied properties that may be at risk from extreme rainfall.

After the deadly 2018 debris flow, much of the damaged area showed signs of recovery. Some areas have fully reverted, although exposed rocks may appear unstable. Experts will talk about the chance of rain and the threat of property damage over the coming winter months.

New maps have been released to show the areas most likely to have stream over runoff or debris runoff during heavy downpours. Hikers on the Buena Vista Trail say their area has been cleared and is in good condition.

Paul Cronshaw said: “It’s a big drain here. It’s not as big as San Ysidro, Romero and of course Cold Springs, here are the big three. It’s a little minor here but it’s still blocked.”

The area is checked regularly. “We are entering the fifth winter from the debris flow, so as we know they told us from day one that this is a three to five year risk and that the summary of the basin slope is recovered between 80 and 90 percent,” Taylor said.

Residents are also reminded to sign up for alerts at ReadySBC.org. The message to the community entering the winter months will be repeated often. “To continue to remind the community to be vigilant so they don’t lose sight of the real risk in our community,” Taylor said.

For more information contact: Montecito Fire Protection District