No major incidents were reported in Santa Barbara County from the downpours that brought significant amounts of rainfall on Wednesday night.
A handful of Santa Barbara-area freeway underpasses were flooded, including Mission and State streets, as well as Carrillo and Castillo streets, said Battalion Chief Mike de Ponce of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.
“We got a good amount of rain that flooded the streets for a little bit,” De Ponce said. “After the rains went away, everything drained appropriately.”
In Santa Barbara, there were no major incidents, he said.
A couple of fallen trees were reported and blocking roadways, but traffic was flowing as of Thursday afternoon.
In the ocean, the Southern California Bight, which stretches from Point Conception south to the border with Mexico, will have elevated waves topping between 3 to 6 feet, with local sets to 7 feet across exposed west-facing beaches from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles counties into Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
“Given the surf conditions, there will be a high risk of dangerous rip currents within the surf zone,” the weather service’s forecast discussion said.
A small boat washed up onto the shoreline at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara on Thursday.
Precipitation totals in Santa Barbara County are above-average rainfall for this time of year.
Figures provided by the county Flood Control District show that the county-wide rainfall to date was 142% of normal as of 8 a.m. Thursday.
The 24-hour rainfall totals as of 1 p.m. Thursday showed Santa Barbara had received 1.57 inches, Goleta had 1.16 inches, Carpinteria had 1.47 inches, Montecito had 1.68 inches, Santa Maria in northern county had 0.62 inches, Lompoc had 1.09 inches, and Solvang had 1.21 inches.
The highest 24-hour rainfall total was the KTYD radio tower off Gibraltar Road in the hills above Montecito, where a total of 2.36 inches was recorded. The spot is near the Thomas Fire burn area.
The Trout Club community along Highway 154 and near the Cave Fire burn scar received 1.57 inches of rain.
A monitoring station below the Cave Fire burn area got 1.3 inches of rain at the Goleta Road Yard on Cathedral Oaks Road.
Jameson Reservoir, whose water is used by the Montecito Water District, received 1.62 inches, according to the 24-hour rainfall totals.
Lake Cachuma received 1.79 inches.
Gibraltar Reservoir, upstream from Lake Cachuma, got 2.17 inches.
There is a slight chance of precipitation on Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service.
The forecast calls for sunny skies just in time for the weekend.
Sunshine is forecast starting Friday into Sunday.
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