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Beware Dangerous Materials on Beaches

Please beware of dangerous materials (or animals!) that were swept downstream in the storms last week and could be in the debris on local beaches and creeksides Rattlesnakes, poison oak branches and and other hazardous materials are likely to be found along the shoreline. Please stay out of the debris to avoid risks.

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Ash Avenue Sediment Deposits Begin Jan. 18

Transportation of mineral sediment from Carpinteria Valley Debris Basins to the City Beach at Ash Avenue will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Trucks will be driving down Linden Avenue to Sandyland Road, then placing the sediment on the beach. The return route is Ash Avenue to Dorrance Way to Linden Avenue. We apologize for any inconveniences the Santa Barbara County Flood Control (SBCFC) operation may bring, and we are working to mitigate impacts to residents. Street sweepers will be cleaning roadways, and special efforts are being made to reduce leaking from trucks transporting sediment.

Clearing of the Debris Basins is critical in order to restore capacity and functionality. The rocks, gravel and sand being transported would naturally flow down the creeks to the beaches without the benefit of the basin. While the debris basins help to reduce floods, they also intercept sediment important to maintaining the beach and protecting properties near it.

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City to Discuss 2023 Plans at Annual Meeting

Each year in January, the Carpinteria City Council holds a meeting with City staff to discuss the organization’s work plan for the year. Open to the public, the meeting gives community members an opportunity to learn about upcoming programs and projects, and to express their views to City leaders. This year’s Work Plan Meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 30 from 4 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. The draft Annual Work Plan will soon be available for public review on the City website at https://carpinteriaca.gov/city-hall/agendas-meetings/.

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Report Storm Damage to Businesses!

If your business was damaged due to the Jan. 9-10 storms and ongoing rains, please call the County OEM call center at (833) 688-5551 to let them know. State officials currently are assessing damages in order to allocate resources for a response.

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Flood Control to Begin Clearing Debris Basins, Making Shoreline Deposits

Santa Barbara County Flood Control (SBCFC) will be conducting critical clearing of the Carpinteria Valley Watershed Debris Basins in order to restore capacity and functionality. Rocks, gravel and sand will be transported to the Carpinteria City Beach where debris from the watershed would naturally flow without the benefit of the basin. While the debris basins help to reduce floods, they also intercept sediment important to maintaining the beach and protecting properties near it. This causes beach narrowing, shoreline erosion, and threats to public and private properties. Mineral sediments will be prioritized for shoreline deposits, and materials will be tested for contaminants before they are deposited. Under Emergency Permits, sediment will be hauled in truckloads. The City and County will work to mitigate project impacts, including air quality and truck queuing. Street sweepers will work throughout the operation to keep roadways as clean as possible. Please read more HERE.

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State Parks Initiate Emergency Repair of Carpinteria Creek Bank

On Sunday, Jan. 15, California State Parks will begin emergency repair work on a portion of the Carpinteria Creek bank adjacent to the Carpinteria Sanitary District at the east end of 6th Street. The work, to be conducted under an Emergency Permit, involves placing approximately 10,000 cubic yards of 2 – 4 foot diameter rock to stabilize about 250 feet of creek bank and protect against further erosion. Significant erosion to the creek bank occurred during the storm of January 9-10, 2023. This condition puts the nearby wastewater treatment plant and other public infrastructure at risk, as well as buildings and improvements located along nearby sections of 6 th Street and Palm Avenue. Work is expected to take place from Jan. 15-17, and for safety,  there will be no parking on the 5000 block of 6th Street during the repair work. Read the full press release HERE.

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Storm Clean-up Resources are Available

If your property was impacted by recent storms, resources are available to help. The Red Cross is passing out Clean- Up Kits daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (thru Monday or longer) at 2707 State St, on the corner of State and Alamar streets in the rear parking lot.

Also, anyone who suffered damages should call the EOC Call Center at 833-688-5551 to report them. Santa Barbara County continues capturing data of damaged facilities and properties from cities and special districts. This helps ensure small business assistance and public assistance.

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More Storms Jan. 13-17: What to Expect

The storm system arriving today, Jan. 13, is forecast to be less severe than recent storms. Rainfall should peak on Saturday with 1-1.5 inches along the coast and 2-3 inches in the foothills and mountains. We expect some strong south winds and possible thunderstorms on Monday.

Watch for:

  • Minor flooding in some already saturated areas.
  • Ongoing high surf conditions that could present serious risk when paired with higher tides beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Be prepared:

  • Travel before the next storm hits.
  • Visit  www.readysbc.org  for tips on protecting your home.
  • Pick up sandbags at the City of Carpinteria Public Works Yard at 5775 Carpinteria, Ave.
  • Note that the eastern end of Padaro Lane is currently limited to one-way travel over the bridge at Arroyo Paredon, which is covered in mud.