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UPDATE: Evacuations lifted in Southern Santa Barbara Co.; some restrictions remain

CHP is also working to reopen more of Highway 101
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Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 17:45:19-05

UPDATE (2:32 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says evacuations have been lifted for Southern Santa Barbara County but some restrictions remain.

The California Highway Patrol reopened the southbound lanes of Highway 101 in Ventura but the northbound lanes remain closed. CHP is hoping to have one northbound lane reopened in the area by Tuesday evening.

Santa Barbara's police chief says the department responded to 160 storm-related calls for service, including many rescues, between 6 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has also responded to many rescues.

The police chief encourages people to not go around barricades or into closed-off areas.

ORIGINAL STORY: Santa Barbara County emergency officials and leaders will provide an update on the latest storm and evacuations Tuesday.

A press conference is taking place at 2 p.m. in Santa Barbara. It will be streamed live on KSBY and is also available on the County’s YouTube page.

Multiple speakers are expected including the California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, County Roads, Santa Barbara City police and fire and also the mayor.

Multiple evacuation orders remained in place into Tuesday afternoon in southern Santa Barbara County after a powerful storm caused significant flooding, mudslides, power outages, downed trees and more Monday across the Central Coast.

Many roads are closed including portions of Highway 101. The California Highway Patrol announced the reopening of Southbound Highway 101 in Santa Barbara through Ventura shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Highway 154, the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in Carpinteria and Winchester in Goleta remain closed.