Neighboring towns fear mudslides and floods could hit them next with rain on the horizon
With light rains predicted for Jan. 19 and a storm predicted for Jan. 24, Southern California officials are racing to clear debris and prepare storm water drainage systems for more rain. As Montecito, Ca., recovers from the deadly Jan. 9 mudslides, neighboring towns fear they could be next. To the east of the mudslide disaster zone, Carpinteria Valley residents are working to be prepared for future floods.
“The risk hasn’t changed that much. The hillsides are still littered with debris that could come down,” said Carpinteria City Manager Dave Durflinger at a community meeting held Jan. 14, reported by Coastal View News.
The Santa Barbara County Flood Control District has begun work clearing debris basins upstream of Carpinteria. Additionally, mud and silt from the Carpinteria Salt Marsh is being dredged and dumped on local beaches and surf zones.
While residents voiced concerns over the quality of the debris being dumped on local beaches, Durflinger responded, “We’re in an extreme situation. We need to restore capacity and the clock is ticking.. In disaster response, that’s the number one priority, saving lives.”