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UPDATE: Flash flood warning expanded in Santa Barbara County

Posted at 8:25 AM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 11:26:17-05

UPDATE (8:20 a.m.) – County officials say the flash flood warning has now been expanded to include the city of Santa Barbara and the Thomas Fire burn area.

ORIGINAl STORY: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Sherpa and Whittier burn areas in Santa Barbara County.

Officials say intense rain rates up to .5” in 15 minutes are heading towards the Sherpa Fire and Whittier Fire burn scars, which could result in mud and debris flow.

Residents in the area are advised to avoid any standing water, creeks or streams nearby. If you live in the debris flow risk area, you should move to higher ground or seek shelter in a new place.

More information about the Flash Flood Warning can be found on the Ready SBC website or through the County’s Emergency Call Center.

The warning is in effect until further notice.