Santa Barbara County sheriff announces mandatory evacuations ahead of storm

Not again! Residents are ordered to evacuate parts of Santa Barbara ahead of winter storm that could trigger more mudslides and debris flows

Not again! Residents are ordered to evacuate parts of Santa Barbara ahead of winter storm that could trigger more mudslides and debris flows

Visit ReadySBC.org to access the interactive evacuation map or call the Public Information Call Center at 833-688-5551 for assistance.

Authorities, however, warned that residents who defy evacuation orders, choosing to remain in hazard-prone areas, should not expect to be rescued in the event of a deadly disaster.

A debris flow from heavy rainfall early Friday morning prompted officials to close State Route 33 at Fairview Road near Ojai, the California Highway Patrol tweeted just after 4 a.m.

The storm will continue to bring showers to Southern California into Saturday according to forecasters.

Santa Barbara County said the "pre-evacuation advisory" it had already issued for residents of its south coast would remain in effect for the next storm.

"You should start leaving now", Mr Brown said, adding that sheriff's deputies were being dispatched to areas at the highest risk.

The California Department of Transportation said a 90-mile (145-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 80 was closed between Colfax, California, and the Nevada state line due to whiteout conditions. Dozens of collisions were reported on San Francisco Bay Area highways.

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The snow will help the snowpack, which is vital to the state's water supply and has only been about a quarter of its normal depth for this time of winter.

Stephanie Myers, a spokeswoman for Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, estimated snow was falling at about 2 inches (5 centimeters) an hour.

"We have been told that it is very precarious and very unsafe", Sheriff Brown said, adding that the county is taking precautions to ensure that no one is in harm's way "...if we have another sizable debris flow". "Once the storm moves out of the area, we'll have a lovely bluebird powder day".

Around 22,000 residents are likely to be impacted by the mandatory evacuation order, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

Homes and businesses were destroyed, and 21 people were killed. They affect the coastal communities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpenteria and Summerland.

The new storm is not expected to be as powerful as the one on January 9, which led to mudslides that killed 21 people in Montecito. Individuals near the charred areas of the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires were told to leave the area by 6 p.m., a news release said. Residents of at-risk areas have been advised to evacuate.

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