All evacuation orders have been lifted for Santa Barbara County as of Feb. 5 following the weekend storm and a local declaration of emergency status, according to a county press release.

UC Santa Barbara closed down campus and moved classes to a remote format on Monday. Nina Timofeyeva / Daily Nexus

Santa Barbara experienced record-breaking rain on Sunday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the county that was lifted on Feb. 5. A flood watch was in effect until Feb. 6.

Several county areas experienced heavy flooding, with the Santa Barbara Airport  reaching a record-breaking daily rainfall record of 2.39 inches on Sunday, closing Feb. 4 and reopening Feb. 5.

Fallen trees blocked off roads including Calle Real and El Sueno Road and one fallen eucalyptus tree displaced residents from an apartment at The Grove complex on Hollister Avenue, according to Noozhawk.

Rainstorms are expected county-wide through Wednesday, Feb. 7, according to a statement from the county. The three-day rainfall total for Goleta from Sunday through Tuesday was 5.07 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Santa Barbara County (SBC) also faced storms last year, with an evacuation of Montecito following mass flooding. 

“The February 2024 Storm series posed serious risks of rock falls, flooding, landslides, debris flows, severe winds, and coastal flooding throughout the County,” the county statement read. “The highest risks were associated with watersheds below the Thomas, Cave and Alisal Fire burn areas, which include residences, agricultural and ranching land, recreational facilities, roads, and critical infrastructure.”

UC Santa Barbara closed down campus and moved classes to a remote format on Monday in a message from Chancellor Henry Yang to the UCSB community.

On Tuesday, over 45 residents on the 67 block of Del Playa Drive were evacuated following the displacement of four apartment units due to bluff erosion, according to a statement from SBC Fire Department Public Information Officer Scott Safechuck.

The local emergency announcement was made by Santa Barbara County, then by Governor Gavin Newsom. The proclamation “ensures that all county resources are available for the storm response efforts and supporting activities,” according to a statement from the county.

The county has opened a storm damage report form for residents and businesses to report damages sustained during the storm. The information will be utilized for storm recovery assistance.

A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Feb. 8, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Sindhu Ananthavel
Sindhu Ananthavel (she/they) is the Lead News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Ananthavel was the Deputy News Editor for the 2022-23 school year, the Community Outreach News Editor for the 2021-22 school year and an assistant news editor for the 2021-22 school year. She can be reached at