Thomas Fire flood and erosion prevention and response resources

Fires in our watersheds can amplify the need to prepare for winter storms. A burned watershed creates a new dynamic that should heighten everyone's awareness. While in many cases, flooding occurs from sustained rainfall over days that triggers flood flows, a burned watershed can yield the same result, or worse, with a single rainfall that would otherwise not even cause runoff.

This list of resources can help you prepare for and respond to any potential flooding and erosion that could occur this winter.

Pamphlets and Fact Sheets:

Santa Barbara County Homeowner's Guide for Flood Prevention and Response

Guía para Propietarios de Viviendas sobre la Prevención y Respuesta a las Inundaciones

Santa Barbara County Guide to Post-Fire Erosion and Flood Prevention Strategies 

How to Fight Flooding at Home

Homeowner's Guide to Erosion Control

Flood after the Fire (FEMA) (en español)

Flood after the Fire Infographic (FEMA) (en español)

Important Websites

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA)

Flood Preparedness (California)

County Flood Preparedness Information and Resources

County Aware and Prepare (register for emergency alerts)

County Real Time Rainfall Information

County Road Closure Information

Frequently Asked Flooding Related Questions

This page provides an extensive list of questions related to flooding, sandbags, bank erosion, trees, and flood insurance.


Santa Barbara County Sandbags (where to get them and how to fill them)

Assessing Fire Damaged Landscapes

Waterways on Fire Damaged Landscapes

Sandbag Locations

Sand and Bags are available at the following locations: 

  • Santa Barbara Flood Control Shop: 4568 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. (805) 681-5635
  • Santa Maria Flood Control Shop: 912 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455. (805) 934-6125
  • Santa Barbara Fire Station #31: 168 W Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427. (805) 686-5062

    Sand bags are not pre-filled and persons are limited to 25 bags. More information concerning sand bags is available from County Flood Control at (805)568-3440. Sand from sandbags can be mixed with soil and used in landscaping or taken to a construction and demolition recycling plant. Bags can be reused or, if not usable, should be thrown in the trash. For more information on county sand bags, visit this page. 

City sand and bag locations

Please contact the following cities for current availability or more information:

  • Carpinteria: City Hall. 5775 Carpinteria Ave. (805) 684-5405 x-443
  • Goleta: Fire Station 11 6901 Frey Way. (805) 681-5511. Fire Station 14 320 Los Carneros. (805) 681-551. Community Center 5679 Hollister Ave - (805) 967-1237. 24 hours, self-serve, bags and sand included
  • Guadalupe: Fire Station 2. 918 Obispo St. (805) 356-3905
  • Lompoc: Fire Station 1. 115 S. G St. (805) 736-4513
  • Montecito Fire Protection District (More information). 805-969-7762. 449 San Ysidro Road
  • Santa Barbara (More information): 401 E. Yanonali St. (805) 568-541
  • Santa Maria (More information): Sand only at all locations (no bags). Suey Crossing. (At all times). 2000 Block of Western in cul-de-sac (At all times). City Public Works Yard, 830 W. Cypress. (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Mon. - Fri, except holidays). On West Carmen Lane just West of Depot Street (At all times). On San Ysidro Street West of Miller Street (At all times)
  • Santa Ynez Community Services District. Santa Ynez. 1070 Faraday Street. (805) 688-3008 
  • Solvang (More information): Veteran's Hall. 1745 Mission Dr. (805) 688-5575

Reporting Common Problems

Emergency Situations

For any life-threatening or potentially hazardous situation, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY! This includes any situation where you or others could be at risk, including downed power lines, imminent flooding, large potholes that could cause a traffic accident or pedestrian injury, blocked roadways, damaged bridges, toxic spills or leakage, etc. For these or other situations indicating imminent danger, please dial 911.

County and City Contact Numbers

Please note that the following contact numbers for the County and Cities are normally available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For urgent matters outside of normal business hours, please call 911 and they will respond and/or relay the information to the appropriate emergency contacts. During storm events, the Flood Control District and County Roads hours may be extended beyond normal business hours.

  • Santa Barbara County Flood Control District - (805) 568-3440
  • County Roads - South Coast: (805) 681-5678
  • County Roads - Lompoc / Santa Ynez: (805) 737-7773
  • County Roads - Santa Maria: (805) 934-6100
  • City of Santa Barbara: (805) 564-5413
  • Santa Barbara Airport: (805) 967-7111
  • Santa Barbara City Water Dept: 805-963-1676
  • City of Goleta: (805) 961-7500
  • City of Carpinteria: (805) 684-5405
  • City of Solvang: (805) 688-5575
  • City of Buellton: (805) 688-5177
  • City of Lompoc: (805) 736-1261
  • City of Santa Maria: (805) 925-0951
  • City of Guadalupe: (805) 343-1340

Public Utilities and Services Contact Numbers

  • Amtrak 800-872-7245
  • B.F.I. Browning Ferris Industries 805-965-5248
  • Carpinteria Valley Water District: 805-684-2816
  • Cox 805-683-6651
  • Goleta Water District: 805-964-6761
  • Greyhound 800-231-2222
  • La Cumbre Mutual Water Co: 805-967-2376
  • Marborg Industries 805-963-1852
  • Montecito Water District: 805-969-2271
  • MTD (local bus routes) 805-683-3702
  • PG&E: 1-800-743-5000
  • Southern California Edison: 1-800-655-4555
  • Southern California Gas Company: 1-800-427-2200
  • Verizon Business: 1-800-483-2000
  • Verizon Residential: 1-800-483-1000