2 Inches Of Rain Hits Malibu, Flooding Kills 8 Upcoast

Written by on January 9, 2018

Storm Slams Santa Barbara, 8 Dead

Santa Barbara got slammed.

Flash floods carrying boulders out of the Thomas Fire area swept houses off of their foundations in Montecito.

8 dead as of 1:30 p.m.

Rescues are still happening, using helicopters from the Coast Guard, Ventura and SB fire departments.

Additional swiftwater rescue workers from across California are being rushed to the area.

in western Malibu … an inch and a half in eastern Malibu by 8 am … another half inch during the day.

Three inches over the hill.

A rain squall developed in the Santa Barbara Channel overnight … and came ashore with heavy rain at 3:30 in the morning.

Another big burst of rain at 8 o’clock … but by 9 o’clock sunny patches were breaking through.

In Malibu … the biggest problem was a small tree that briefly blocked Las Flores Canyon Road in front of the Malibu Times office.

And a burned-over cliffside above Topeka Canyon Boulevard send rocks and mud Down on the roadway again.

Caltrans estimates it will take two days to clean that up … until paint get Canyon Boulevard remains closed between the beach in Grandview Avenue for two days.

Canyon roads were open but not clear this morning.

We saw nearly a dozen reports of stalled cars … on Kanan Dume and Malibu Canyon-Las Virgenes Road.

People were hitting sharp rocks … that often fall on the pavement during rain.

PCH was open all morning between Oxnard and Malibu.

But up the coast … big problems west of Ventura.

Hundreds of vehicles were stuck on US 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria … and also between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara … as tons and tons of mud washed under the old freeway.

There is no estimate when the 101 will reopen to Santa Barbara.

In Montecito … three homes were destroyed in the 300 block of Hot Springs Road, according to Mike Eliason, a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Two men, a woman and a dog were rescued at that location.

San Ysidro Road, Olive Mill Road and other streets were reported to be completely impassible due to flooding, and mud flows were reported on East Valley Road.

Emergency radio traffic also indicated numerous reports of people trapped inside structures and unable to evacuate, and 9-1-1 lines were being overwhelmed.

Several rescued were underway on Olive Mill Road, according to emergency radio

No Major Flooding in Malibu

Back in Malibu … no major flooding,

Sandbags were made available at all Malibu Fire Stations, as well as at Zuma Lifeguard Headquarters at Zuma Beach,


The National Weather Service warns that surf will build to 5 to 8 ft today and tonight, then will   slowly subside on Wednesday.

These waves will be coming in from the west.

That could mean the strong currents parallel to Malibu beaches.



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Storm Brings Jet After Jet After Jet To Malibu

Last night was the first time this winter that the F-A-A was bringing airplanes in from the west … over the ocean … to Los Angeles.

And that meant jet after jet after jet … low and slow … approaching L-A-X over Malibu.

And that caught many Malibu residents by surprise.

The F-A-A is now using a different flight control system… using satellites … G-P-S and computers to move airplanes more efficiently … saving the airline companies time and money.

The new system … called Nextgen … is shifting air traffic patterns in a major way.

Residents of eastern Malibu and Topanga Canyon have been getting hammered with takeoff traffic … when jets are using the normal east to west pattern.

But last night … that was reversed … and the landing planes were passing over and over and over.

Flight radars showed that virtually every plane landing at L A X last night either came in from the north … over Point Dume …. or came on from the east … flying over Santa Monica and alonfg the coast before making a left turn to circle back on final approach.

L-A-X has set up a noise complaint system …. and more than 23 thousand noise complaints were filed in the latest month available … November.

Seven percent of those came from Malibu … 22 percent from Calabasas.

Last night’s barrage of jet noise may change that.

Dr. Lucy Jones, 6:30 Wednesday Night, at City Hall

The City of Malibu is bringing in earthquake science megastar Lucy Jones … to describe to Malibu the specific earthquake hazards unique to this unique chunk of geology and geography.

Jones is a familiar face to the world … having spent 33 years at the U S G S describing earthquakes on T-V.

Jones is being brought in by the city council … tomorrow night … to kick off a year-long Earthquake Resiliency Initiative.

The city staff will draw up an inventory of soft-story buildings … structures with first stories that are garages or stores … structures that have ground floors less rigid than the stories above.

These are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage … like the Northridge Meadows apartments in 19-94 … which collapsed in the Northridge Earthquake and killed 16 people.

The city plans to offer owners incentives to harden these buildings.

Lucy Jones explanation of Malibu earthquake dangers will be available to watch live on the city’s website …. or in person … at City Hall at 6:30 tomorrow night.

Malibu High Celebrates Water Filter

Filtered water is arriving at Malibu High School.

A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday to announce and celebrate the arrival of filtered water at Malibu High School.

A FloWater unit has been installed … to allow kids and teachers to fill up their own water bottles.

Librarian Sarah Ryan … advisor to the school’s Environmental Club …  and original filtered water proponent, will cut the ribbon, assisted by the Environmental Club students and student members of the School Site Council.



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Weather for the Malibu ….

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4pm… and some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 56.

Breezy, with an east southeast wind 20 to 25 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunset … if you could see it … is at 5 o’clock.

Tonight … 40 percent chance of showers before 10pm.

Then Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Tomorrow … mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

And that whisper of another rainstorm … next week … has disappeared.

At 8 a-m … at Trancas it’s ((((    54    )))) degrees.

In upper Malibu Canyon … ((((    48    )))) .

And at Civic Center Los Angeles … ((((    54   )))).

In the ocean … it’s ((((    56    )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.

The lifeguards say the waves today are   ((((   growing to 5 to 7  )))) feet high ….

((((  Poor  )))) surfing conditions …. according to the lifeguards.

(((((   tide is at     ))))

Low tide is at 10:40 AM…

Eight 3 1/4 foot high tide will hit at 4:14 PM.

And there’s another low just before 10 o’clock tonight.


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Remember…  breaking news  goes first to the radio …  at 99 point 1 in western Malibu….

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