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US Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

03:05  08 january  2018
03:05  08 january  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Mudslide danger replaces fire threat in California

  Mudslide danger replaces fire threat in California The massive Thomas Fire in Southern California's Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties has left bare hillsides that pose a serious mudslide threat.Public work crews in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are frantically clearing out every debris basin and storm drain possible, because the fire has left behind another threat -- mudslides.

Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas , forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12

Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas , forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service Hot Shot crew members from Ojai, Calif., head down a fire break to work off E. Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017. © Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service Hot Shot crew members from Ojai, Calif., head down a fire break to work off E. Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017. Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said.

Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The Thomas fire, which was centered in these two counties, burned more than 281,000 acres in that area last month, making it the largest fire on record in California.

Evacuations ordered below Santa Barbara burn zones as area braces for rainstorm

  Evacuations ordered below Santa Barbara burn zones as area braces for rainstorm Ahead of a strong winter storm that could trigger flash flooding and mudslides, authorities have ordered evacuations of Santa Barbara County neighborhoods that sit below areas recently burned by wildfires. Residents who live in the following areas were told to evacuate by noon Monday: north of Highway 192, east of Cold Springs Road, and west of Highway 150/the county line, as well as along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon and in the Whittier fire burn areas near Goleta.

Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain Evacuations ordered below Santa Barbara burn zones as area braces for rainstorm . Ahead of a strong winter storm that could trigger flash flooding

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday , threatening burn areas with runoff News Ne. Thousands Of Californians Flee Homes As Storm Threatens Mudslides. Thousands in California ordered to evacuate over threat of mudslides.

"Unfortunately it's centered almost exactly where the Thomas fire was," said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The mountains above the San Gabriel Valley are "kind of a secondary hot spot," Hoxsie said. From 2 1/4 to 3 inches of rain is expected there.

"If we drew a map of where we would least like to have the heaviest rain, we would draw it where the Thomas fire was and maybe where the Sand fire was last year and the La Tuna this year — that looks to be where we've got a couple of bull's-eyes," Hoxsie said.

When a fire sweeps through an area, it not only burns the vegetation, but also affects the soil, Hoxsie said.

"When you have these burn scars with that kind of crystallized soil, it doesn't soak in the way it should; it runs off," Hoxsie said. "With that kind of heavy rain, if we're talking 4 inches in 12 hours, that will cause some problems anywhere. But the biggest concern is those debris flows, because if we get that high amount of rainfall — it's a double-headed issue. You can get flash flooding periods, and in addition to that you can get the debris flows."

Thunderstorms in the region are most likely Tuesday.

"The problem with thunderstorms is that they can produce a lot of rain intensely in a small area," Hoxsie said. "That would be another threat to these burn areas."

The lowest-level snow is expected to reach is about 4,000 feet on Tuesday morning, which could affect the Grapevine, Hoxsie said.

"If we get snow down to 4,000 feet, we're going to have problems with transportation getting through on (Interstate) 5 and certainly any of the other areas around where the passes get up close to 4,000 feet," Hoxsie said.

From Oprah to the insurance man, Montecito residents reel from devastation .
From Oprah Winfrey to less well-known names, residents of the Montecito area shared stories of the deadly mudslides and gave each other support and perspective. The mudslides killed at least 15 people, and firefighters were still trying to rescue dozens trapped in canyons above the city. Along Eleven Oaks Lane, Kevin Hujing, 27, and David Cradduck, 66, were out Wednesday morning, shovels in hand — trying to make a dent in the shin-high mud that took over their street.Cradduck has lived in his home for 34 years and said he’s never seen anything like this. “I think all of us have learned our lessons on this one. We were all bad children and ignored the warning,” he said.

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