Southern California Evacuations Lifted After Mudslide Threat Wanes

Mandatory Evacuation in Effect for Tuesday's Storm title

Mandatory Evacuation in Effect for Tuesday's Storm

Mandatory storm evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday morning for areas burned in Santa Barbara County's fires.

The mandatory orders will be in effect for areas the county has identified as being at "extreme high risk" for risky debris flows. Anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 inches is predicted during that window, he said, with the higher totals expected in the mountains and foothills. A release sent out by the county Monday afternoon noted that county emergency officials have learned lessons from the recent storms that have them better prepared for future events. In addition, the online interactive Debris Flow Risk Map now shows changes to the risk areas from Extreme Risk to High Risk in the city of Carpinteria based on that city's staff analysis. High Risk (yellow) areas will be under a recommended evacuation warning.

Tuesday's storm is the first of several expected this week.

Rain is falling on the south coast of Santa Barbara County where some residents have been urged to leave due to potential for debris flows.

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Officials ordered evacuations near three large Southern California burn scars because of mudslide fears. In fact, he just packed up and left after a warning last week from another storm. We've had devastating storms before, but nothing like what we saw there.

Coastal resident Michael Mellon said, "You know, we've really dodged bullets".

The move came as the National Weather Service cancelled flash-flood watches for communities near wildfire burn scars.

A second storm expected arrive Wednesday night through Thursday, is likely to bring even lighter showers, according to the NWS. Should the agency need to close the highway, the CHP would do so prior to the arrival of the intense portion of the storm.

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