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Santa Barbara County not expecting evacuations for next rain

March 8, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — More rain is expected in Southern California this weekend, but Santa Barbara County authorities say it’s not expected to create debris flows like those that devastated Montecito during a January storm.

An advisory from the county’s Office of Emergency Management says evacuations are currently not anticipated but residents should remain vigilant.

When a storm approached last week, the county ordered evacuations for parts of Montecito and four other communities near wildfire burn areas but the runoff did not cause any problems.

The Jan. 9 storm unleashed massive debris flows from a huge burn scar above Montecito. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged. Twenty-one people were killed and two remain missing.

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