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Latest round of evacuations leaves some Montecito residents wondering whether to stay or go

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For the past few months, people living in and around Montecito and Carpinteria have faced evacuation after evacuation.

Some are quick to pack their bags, while others refuse to leave their homes, and some who stay wonder if it was the right thing to do. 

On Tuesday morning, evacuation orders for burn areas were lifted after a storm system that was expected to drop enough rain to potentially trigger debris flows weakened.

"Towards when the evening hit and the rain started, that's when I really started to think, 'Did I do the right thing?' because I have my kids and dogs with me," said David Garibay.

He lives in an area of Carpinteria that was under a mandatory evacuation order on Tuesday, but he decided to stay.

"I just feel that we're gonna be OK," Garibay said. "You know, I've, I don't know, there's just something inside of me telling me we'll be fine."

Sean Bolis' home on San Ysidro Road was also in an evacuation zone.

"I didn't want to stay at my house," he said, so he left, as he did during two prior evacuations.

"Cause I get it, it sucks, you know, packing up," Bolis said. "My car is fully packed, all electronics, all clothes and everything. Then, you know, I'm going to unload them again and then it's gonna be evacuated again."

When that next time will be is unknown.

Santa Barbara County emergency officials say additional storms will move through the area over the next week, but at this time, none of those appear to be strong enough to trigger debris flows.

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