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Santa Barbara County flash flood roundup

Santa Barbara County government officials report that between 2.25 and 2.75 inches of rain fell in Santa Barbara County’s south coast.

Almost four inches alone fell above the Sherpa Fire burn area, according to officials, which resulted in flash flooding in areas like El Capitan Canyon and Refugio Canyon.

22 people were rescued from El Capitan Canyon Campground. Several yurts and cabins, and vehicles were flooded with water and debris, say officials. 70 evacuees were transported out of the area by a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office bus.

Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries.

El Capitan and Refugio State Parks have all been evacuated and remain closed at this hour. The northbound U.S. Highway 101 off ramp at El Capitan is closed indefinitely.

One person was rescued at Circle Bar B Ranch off Refugio Road by a Sheriff/County Fire helicopter. That person was not injured.

All roads at the oil facility at Las Flores Canyon were temporarily closed by a flash flood. The historic adobes located on the property received flood damage. No injuries here either. All 40 facility personnel are safe.

Some power outages in south Santa Barbara County were reported as well.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the San Marcos High School cafeteria, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara, for all residents that have been displaced by Friday’s storm events.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is is urging residents to stay off the roads if at all possible. If you must drive, please use extreme caution and vigilance.

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