Crews clearing mud and restoring utilities in Montecito, California, have another day of dry weather before the next chance of rain, but forecasters say the approaching system is weakening.
The National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, and overall the area from Santa Barbara County southward should expect a tenth of an inch or less.
At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito. Most of the community remains evacuated.
More than 1,400 personnel were still on scene Wednesday as crews continued search and recovery efforts in the mudflow areas, searching buildings and debris for trapped victims. Three people are still reported missing.
The U.S. 101 freeway has already been closed for a week and is not expected to reopen until Jan. 22.
Weather has been good since then and Wednesday's forecast calls for highs in the 60s to mid-70s.
The unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria:
- NORTH of Hwy 192 to the U.S. Forest Service Boundary, EAST of Cold Springs Road to Toro Canyon Rd on the WEST
- SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean, EAST of Sycamore Canyon Rd/Hot Springs Rd/Oak Rd/Olive Mill to Ortega Ridge Rd on the WEST
- All areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean: EAST of Summit Rd/Hot Springs Road/Channel Drive and WEST of Sycamore Canyon Rd/Hot Springs/Olive Mill
An evacuation shelter has been set up at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.