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Flood Watch Issued for SB County

An atmospheric river storm is expected to arrive in Santa Barbara County tonight, March 20, and is forecast to bring strong winds, localized and coastal flooding, and the possibility of isolated thunderstorms.

  • A FLOOD WATCH has been issued countywide effective the evening of Monday, March 20 through Wednesday morning, March 22. Avoid low-lying and flood-prone areas, areas with standing water, and areas near creeks or streams. If you are in one of these areas be prepared to go to higher ground.
  • A HIGH WIND WARNING is also in effect for the Cuyama Valley area for Tuesday, March 21.

Evacuations are NOT being issued at this time. Public safety officials will continue to work together to further assess if any protective actions are necessary.

Residents should take steps to prepare ahead of the storm.

  • Preparedness tips and resources can be accessed through the link in our bio.
  • If you are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your home, leave the area before rain starts. Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.