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Flood warning downgraded to watch for Thomas Fire burn area

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 17, 2019

A flash flood warning in place for the Thomas Fire burn area has been downgraded to a flash flood watch.

Santa Barbara County officials said shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday there was no longer a need to shelter in place.

Heavy rain fell across both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties overnight. Many areas reported more than a half-inch of rain, some, more than two inches.

For more on rain totals and watches and advisories in place, click here.

In Montecito, no major incidents were reported, however, Bella Vista Road near Romera Canyon was closed due to a slide. It was not known when crews would be out to repair the creek.

People are reminded to not drive through standing water and allow extra time while driving.