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Crews working quickly to clear out Montecito Hills basins

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With potential rain on the way crews are working tirelessly to clean out the creek basins in the Montecito Hills.

A contractor working on the Cold Springs Basin says it took around 40 trucks to carry out all of the boulders and other debris. Each load weighed around 14 to 16 tons, meaning over 1.1 million pounds of material was moved.

All of the rocks and boulders cleared out of the Cold Springs Basin and others are being taken to the the Granite Construction rock quarry.

And clearing it all out was necessary, said Command Performance Superintendent Rob Owen.  "We'd like to get it back to where it was. We need to get all that heavy rock that's out there we need to get it out so that we have a bottom. Bottom is another 10-12 feet down so the next rain and what it's suppose to do, it catches the silt and debris so it filters it out and the water just runs down the creek."

It's estimated it will take about two to three weeks to fully clean out and restore the basin.

Owens said that crews have cut drains into the Cold Springs Basin so if it rains, it should be allowed to flow through.

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