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Montecito to mark one year since deadly mudslides

Posted at 10:43 AM, Jan 07, 2019

A remembrance event is planned on Wednesday, January 9 in Montecito to mark one year since the deadly and devastating mudslides that swept through the community.

The event called Raising Our Light: An Evening of Remembrance in Montecito will begin at Lower Manning Park.

A candlelit processional will move down San Ysidro Road and end at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, which is located at 83 Eucalyptus Lane.

Montecito remembrance


Organizers say the event is for the entire community, and they hope it will provide healing to those who attend.

People are expected to start gathering at Lower Manning Park at 6 p.m. The official program begins at 6:30 p.m. The walk is expected to last about 15 to 25 minutes and will conclude at the church where a bell ringing ceremony will be held. Those who attend will also be able to grab a cup of soup from Organic Soup Kitchen. The event is slated to run until 8:30 p.m.

People are asked to park in designated lots and then take a shuttle to the event.

Parking and shuttles will be provided from the following locations between 5 and 6 p.m.

Music Academy of the West (every 15-20 minutes)
Coast Village Road at Butterfly Lane (every 15 to 20 minutes)
Coast Village Road at Montecito Inn (every 15 to 20 minutes)
Westmont – Main entrance at La Paz (every 20 to 30 minutes)
Cold Spring School (every 20 to 30 minutes)
Mount Carmel Church (every 15 to 20 minutes)
Valley Club (every 20 to 30 minutes)

Santa Barbara:
Santa Barbara Zoo (every 20 minutes)
Santa Barbara Junior High School (5:15 p.m., 6:00 p.m.)

St. Joseph’s Church (5:15 p.m., 6:00 p.m.)

MTD Routes:
MTD Route 14 from Santa Barbara-Montecito (depart Transit Center at 5:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m.)
MTD Route 20 from Carpinteria-Montecito (depart Mark Avenue at 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; Transfer to Rt. 14 at Montecito Inn)

Shuttles will also be available throughout the evening once the program is over, and there will be shuttles available for people who aren’t able to walk during the processional.

Organizers plan to distribute flameless candles at the event and ahead of time at the Montecito Library.

A website and Facebook page are set up for the event.

21 people were killed when a heavy storm dumped more than a half-inch of rain on the Montecito area in about 15 minutes, causing a large debris flow. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged. Two people who were swept away were never found.