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Evacuation warnings go out to riverbed residents in Santa Barbara County

County Air Support will be flying over the Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Santa Maria Riverbeds
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Posted at 11:05 AM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-13 22:42:08-05

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit will be flying its helicopter over the Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Santa Maria riverbed areas on Friday and Saturday.

The helicopter will provide evacuation warnings to those occupying the riverbeds, as there is another storm system anticipated to make landfall in the area this weekend. The Lompoc Police Department requests that the public stay out of the riverbed.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Public Information Officer Raquel Zick says as rain is expected for the next few days, the river levels are expected to rise.

There is temporary shelter available for those living in these impacted areas. Here is a list of shelters available:

  • Bridge House, 2025 Sweeney Rd
  • Freedom warming centers:
  • Peace Lutheran at 1000 W. Ocean Ave. (open Friday at noon and Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 6 a.m.)
  • Trinity Church of the Nazarene at 500 E North Ave. (open Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Events Misson Valley at 138 N. B St. (open Sunday, Jan. 15 at 6 a.m.)

There are also plans to release water from the Cachuma Lake spillway into the Santa Ynez River on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

For more information visit, ReadySBC.