Last Updated: January 19, 2018
For those who are in, or looking to travel to the Santa Barbara South Coast this week, flooding and mudslides in the Montecito area, southeast of Santa Barbara, have affected access to Santa Barbara and Summerland from the south.
All area hotels, restaurants and attractions in the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta are open for business. Flooding and mudslides have NOT taken place in these cities.
As a precaution, due to runoff, beach ocean waters have been closed for public use until further notice. Activities on the water, like sailing and kayaking, as well as on land on beaches outside of the Montecito area are allowed.
Businesses and hotels in Montecito and Summerland may be temporarily closed due to road access issues. If you are planning to visit Montecito or Summerland within the next three weeks, please call ahead to check the hours and availability.
TRAIN AND PLANE TRAVEL
The Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight trains are running. Delays may be incurred. For updates, visit http://pacificsurfliner.com/, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or @PacSurfliners on Twitter.
Santa Barbara Airport is open. For updates, please call your flight carrier or visit: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/flysba/default.asp
Highway 101 from the juncture with Highway 150 (before Carpinteria) and southbound from Milpas Street in Santa Barbara is temporarily closed to traffic. Currently, the California Highway Patrol does not have an estimate for the reopening. Up-to-date highway and road conditions can be checked at the Cal-Trans website http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 1-800-427-7623.
Downtown Santa Barbara can be accessed from Highway 101 north of Milpas, but those traveling from the south must use alternate inland routes to the city. Drivers from the south may take Interstate-5 (I-5) to State Route 46 near Lost Hills, then connect to Highway 101 in Paso Robles and head south to Santa Barbara. (Alternative route: I-5 to State Route 166 near Mettler, then Highway 101 south in Nipomo. This route may have heavy traffic.)
During Highway 101 closure, water taxi service is also available between Ventura and Santa Barbara harbors via Condor Express and Island Packers. For more information or to make a reservation:
- Condor Express: Call 805-882-0088 or visit http://condorexpress.com/
- Island Packers: Call 805-642-1393 or visit http://islandpackers.com/
Highway 154 and Highway 1 are currently open.
If you are planning to visit Montecito or Summerland within the next three weeks, please check with your hotel for its current availability.
Santa Barbara and Goleta hotels remain open.
Multiple hotels are offering special rates to first responders and those who have been affected by the floods: Click here to view
Please call directly to check for rates, availability and restrictions. Have pets? Make sure to ask about flexible pet policies.
Air quality has been given a clean bill of health by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Air Pollution Control District. Visit www.OurAir.org or call (805) 961-8802 for the latest updates.
For up-to-date flood information and community resources for visitors currently in the area, go to https://www.countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update Those in the 805 area code can call 211. Outside of 805 area code, call toll free 1-800-400-1572.