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Rainy morning slides through without major street or creek issues around Santa Barbara

Beached boat in rain
John Palminteri
A beached sailboat showed up at dawn after a night of rain in Santa Barbara. (John Palminteri/KEYT)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The loud morning downpour had some Santa Barbara area residents nervous especially after a major fire in the San Marcos Pass area last week and the remnants of the Thomas fire burn scar in 2017.

Creeks picked up speed but no major problems took place.

Drain channels and the Mission Creek runoff was steady but nothing went beyond the banks.

The water was a mess though. Debris, trash, medical items and urban pollution flowed into the ocean and some items piled up on the beach.

Local resident Simon Hamilton saw an ugly pile he wished would never happen. "It's just washing down fro people's backyards. It is a stew of everything, " he said.

That trashy result will likely lead to some ocean advisories for swimmers in the next week.

On State Street where Bethany Fitch walks to work, she timed it just right. The rain came down hard, then let up to sunshine and she was on her way about 8:30 a.m. "It was so rainy. Not now but this morning it was pouring," she said while on a mid day walk.

As for rain gear Fitch said "My steel toed boots were the closet thing to rain boots." She had a light plastic jacket that gave her protection. She will be back East later this month and says that's when something heavier will go on.

Montecito area creeks below the 2017 Thomas fire zone held up well with no debris flows or issues with water coming out of the banks.


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