Sheriff: Evacuated residents may return home as storm threat pas

Mandatory evacuation issued, Carpinteria's risk downgraded

Mandatory evacuation issued, Carpinteria's risk downgraded

Keep in mind to update your bookmarks. High Risk (yellow) areas will be under a recommended evacuation warning. "Storms can easily exceed forecasts, and we constantly balance this possibility with actions need to keep the public safe", concluded Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

The cancellation late Tuesday morning was effective immediately.

The move came as the National Weather Service cancelled flash-flood watches for communities near wildfire burn scars.

Tuesday's storm is the first of three systems forecast to move through the area over the next week.

Several factors will be taken into account when determining evacuation plans, officials noted, including projected amount and intensity of rainfall; capacity of debris basins and creek channels at the time of a predicted storm; status of potential obstructions that can change the direction of water flow; the level of ground saturation; and the risk of damage to basic utilities.

Light rain was already falling early Tuesday on burn areas hit by mudslides in January, with heavier rain expected throughout the day. But those orders were lifted by 10:30 a.m.

Voluntary evacuations were also in place temporarily in Ventura County for residents of Matilija Canyon and North Fork, the county's fire department said on Twitter.

Evacuations have been ordered or recommended in two Southern California counties due to an approaching storm that could bring enough rain to trigger debris flows.

According to Santa Barbara County, "The National Weather Service has advised that critical rain rates did not materialize over the area as expected".

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said Monday that a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for foothill neighborhoods in and around Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria that are at high risk for loss of life and property.