In recent months Californians have had to run away from wildfires, now they have to deal with another type of catastrophe brought about by the hard rains. The risk posed by mudslides has subsequently increased in communities that have been ravaged by the wildfires.
On Monday evening northern California was hit the hardest, while southern California braced for the worst to arrive overnight. Not forgetting that wildfires have plagued both places.
Sandbags stacked by property owners where the wildfires had hit in October and where an inch of rain had hit on Monday.
Evacuations were called for in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties for over 20,000 people, neighborhoods below the hills laid bare after recording the largest wildfire in history.
“Dry creeks would turn into raging rivers carrying large debris, they’ll take out homes and destroy roads.” said the director of the Santa Barbara county office of emergency and management, Robert Lewin.

220 students and 60 faculty members instead of evacuating the college sheltered themselves within the school when the fire burned the surrounding vegetation.
Headmaster Benjamin D. Williams decided the school campus was much safer. “Access is a problem, but the school has plenty of supplies. A worst-case scenario is a couple of days, but there are enough supplies to sustain everyone for this week. He said.
Forecasts warned counties north of San Francisco of rains saturating the area Monday night would elicit mudslides in areas affected by wildfires.

Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Rosenthal said “City crews will drive around checking for flooding or mudslides. The October fire destroyed a lot of trees, although they have been cut down and removed more trees are at risk of getting destroyed.

There have been arid conditions and high winds which have led to destructive blazes on both ends of the state. California and northern California have encountered drought, and a dry start to winter and measurable rain fell in the south last year.

“Northern California is likely to encounter 4 inches of rain coming in from the Gulf of Alaska while still recovering from fires.” Meteorologist Steve Anderson said.
In December a fire scorched more than 24 square miles destroying 60 homes and damaging 55 others. Residents are placing sandbags outside the houses that survived.

Travellers should prepare for severe travel conditions, i.e., snow-covered roads, low visibility and gusty winds. Winter weather advisory issued by the weather service for parts of Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet.