About 65 homes are destroyed and 17 people reported dead in mudslides across Montecito, California. Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded Thursday evening, Jan 11, to Montecito areas below Highway 192/Foothill road, a move Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said is meant to increase access for rescue and repair crews working in the area. The orders apply to the previously-defined "public safety exclusion zone," where crews continued Thursday searching for survivors and victims of the deadly flash floods and mudslides that hit the area early Tuesday morning. All the new orders, effective at 6 p.m. Thursday, are in areas that were previously under evacuation warnings, and many of those neighborhoods suffered major damage.
The Sheriff’s Office has issued additional mandatory evacuation orders in the Montecito area to assist in the Search and Rescue efforts. Please see the interactive map located at www.countyofsb.org
Jan 11 Please stay out of #Montecito this includes everyone. Emergency crews continue search and rescue efforts and clean in those areas. If anyone enters you will be arrested on a misdemeanor. For more info: http://countyofsb.org/ or call 833-688-5551.Per #SBSO. source