All Weather News

Massive Canyon Flooding Reported in California

20 Jan 2017, 4:31 pm

Around 9:30 a.m. PST this morning, extensive flooding and mudslides were reported near El Capitan Canyon west of Santa Barbara, CA. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to an emergency call that people were trapped inside a cabin at El Capitan Canyon & Resort Campground. 22 people were rescued from the rushing waters and flash flooding. One person had to be rescued by helicopter. No fatalities were reported. Damage was widespread in the area.

More than 20 vehicles were washed down the El Capitan Creek, along with 5 cabins. According to the Los Angeles Times, 3 and a half inches of rain fell quickly this morning over the burn areas of the Sherpa fire from last Summer. Mud, trees and brush rushed downhill into the creek. The debris flow formed a dam which then overwhelmed the campgrounds, sending cars and cabins floating downstream.

Flash Flood Warnings that were issued for the area have expired, but numerous roads remained closed due to the threat of mudslides and continued high water. The Red Cross has opened evacuation centers in the area for evacuated residents.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

One response to “Massive Canyon Flooding Reported in California

  1. I love your web site it’s the best of all of them. Keep the good work up and God Bless your work for ever. GI Joe John Carr .Retired US Army 22 yr Veteran.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.