Storm Brings Slide Worries to Calif Burn Areas

By: Robert Jablon AP
By: Robert Jablon AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County has issued an evacuation
order for burned areas at risk of mudslides and flooding.

The county and Santa Barbara city officials issued a joint order Tuesday as storms threatened much of Southern California.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Santa Barbara High School, and officials are advising that residents leave their homes immediately.

County spokesman William Boyer says at least 600 homes are under
evacuation orders, though the exact boundaries of the area have not
been determined. He says the orders will remain in effect until at least Wednesday.

Many residents living near wildfire burn areas have sandbagged their homes as the storm moved in. Weather officials say the storm could bring an inch of rain through Thanksgiving and up to 4 inches in the mountains.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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