Ring Net Goes Up in San Ysidro Canyon

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To reduce the risk of another deadly debris flow, the first of six ring nets was installed Tuesday in San Ysidro Canyon by the nonprofit Partnership for Resilient Communities. The project is the result of more than a year’s effort securing permits and private fundraising. The debris-control nets will be installed in spots that can catch flood material: two in San Ysidro Canyon, two in Cold Spring Canyon, and two in Buena Vista Canyon. Depending on funding, Hot Springs Canyon and Romero Canyon will follow.

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First of six debris nets installed in canyons above Montecito

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It was an exciting day Tuesday for the Montecito community as one of at least six debris nets was installed in a canyon above the town. Many are now relying on these nets to prevent another disaster like last year’s deadly mud and debris flow. After a more than two-hour delay due to fog, a helicopter coming from Paso Robles was able to pick up the net and help install it in San Ysidro Canyon. Those that have been involved in this project hope this will help put the community at ease.

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Steel-Mesh Debris Net Being Installed in San Ysidro Creek in Montecito

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Custom device is the first in a project spearheaded by the Partnership for Resilient Communities. Installation of the first steel mesh debris-catching net got underway Tuesday in San Ysidro Canyon above Montecito. The GeoBrugg flexible debris-control net, made by a Swiss company, is strategically positioned with the aim of reducing the impact of future debris flows triggered by intense rains across the Thomas Fire burn area.

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Debris flow nets installed in Montecito canyons

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The impacts of the January 9, 2018 mudslides were so devastating that the affected communities band together for a plan to help prevent this from ever happening again. That plan includes installing massive metal nets in these canyons, which are designed to catch debris before it hits residential areas. After permits were secured and tons of money raised — privately — workers broke ground last week.  The initiative comes from the non-profit The Partnership for Resilient Communities and is headed by retired Santa Barbara city fire chief, Pat McElroy.

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Helicopter delivers supplies for Montecito steel ring net construction

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Construction in San Ysidro Canyon begins Thursday - MONTECITO, Calif. - After early concerns that Wednesday’s wind gusts made it unsafe to fly, a helicopter took off to help deliver supplies to the first installation site for steel “ring nets” in the canyons above Montecito. Former Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy leads the Partnership for Resilient Communities. The local nonprofit started the project to build the nets in hopes they could slow or prevent damaging mudslides during intense rain storms. The first installation site is in San Ysidro Canyon, just under a mile north of San Ysidro Ranch. 

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Crews Prep for Debris Net Installation in San Ysidro Canyon

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Helicopter Transports Equipment to Safety Site - Strong winds backed off for a few hours early this afternoon in Montecito, allowing a helicopter pilot to transport heavy duty construction equipment into San Ysidro Canyon, the site of a privately funded safety project designed to protect neighborhoods from another catastrophic debris flow. With $4.3 million in donations, The Partnership for Resilient Communities nonprofit group has been permitted to install two so-called debris nets, or ring nets, in San Ysidro Canyon and one net apiece in the east and west forks of Cold Spring Canyon. 

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Ring net debris protection will be going in soon in Montecito

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The plan to install ring nets in the creeks and mountain drainages that are prone to debris flows in Montecito and Carpinteria is about to move forward. Organizers from The Partnership for Resilient Communities, a non-profit group thanked their supporters at an outside luncheon in the Upper Village of Montecito.  They have about $4-million towards a $5-million project and are asking for more donations of any level to reach their goal.

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Ring Nets Set to Be Installed in 3 Montecito Creeks, Just as South Coast Burn Areas Turning Green

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Seventeen storms, 32 inches of rain on the mountainside, and three large-scale evacuations have kept South Coast residents on edge this winter, especially below the burn scar of the Thomas Fire. Since the rains began in mid-November, county crews have cleaned out the debris basins in Montecito and Carpinteria nine times, carting away about 11,000 truckloads of mud, boulders and fallen trees that have washed down the canyons and into the urban area. The cleanup has cost the county $2.6 million

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Montecito debris nets could be installed in coming weeks

KSBY NEWS

The Partnership for Resilient Communities, a group of Montecito residents, is making major progress on their ambitious plan to install debris flow nets above Montecito. So far, the group has managed to crowdfund millions of dollars to order the nets that could help prevent another tragedy.

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Montecito Group Orders Debris Nets, Plans to Start Construction Soon

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Six debris-control nets have been ordered, and construction to install the anchors in Montecito creeks could start next week, according to Pat McElroy, head of The Partnership for Resilient Communities nonprofit behind the project. Santa Barbara County and other regulatory agencies gave emergency permits to the group in December to install 11 steel-mesh nets in three Montecito creeks, all on private property.

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Montecito Organizers Give an Update on Mudslide Recovery Efforts

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Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Les Firestein and Pat McElroy, who created an organization called The Partnership for Resilient Communities to help with the recovery from last year's devastating mudslides in Montecito, California. They talked about their efforts and the progress since the disaster, and how they're also helping other communities in similar situations.




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Partnership Prevails

MONTECITO JOURNAL

As Montecito prepares to remember the year-ago January 9th mud and debris flow and the devastation it caused, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy – now Executive Director of the Montecito based Partnership for Resilient Communities – smiles big holding the group’s hard-won SB County Emergency Debris Flow Protection Plan Permit allowing for placement of up to 11 steel ring nets in the canyons above Montecito designed to prevent a recurrence... ever again.

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A Year Ago, Montecito Debris Flows Brought ‘Unfathomable Destruction’ to Coastal Community

NOOZHAWK

Residents and first responders recall and reflect on the fateful Jan. 9 events that reshaped their world. A year ago, 23 people were killed in Montecito when massive debris flows crashed through the community in the dark of night, destroying nearly everything in their paths. Homes were ripped apart, a massive search-and-rescue effort saved residents from the mud, boulders and debris, and the destruction was so extensive that the bodies of two victims still have not been found. In the day or so preceding the rainstorm that brought down the mountains, Santa Barbara County declared a local emergency; areas ravaged by December's Thomas Fire were vulnerable to floods, mudslides and debris flows.

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$7 Million Fundraising Effort Underway for Permitted Montecito Debris Net Project

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Partnership for Resilient Communities has February deadline to install the permitted debris control nets in Cold Spring, San Ysidro and Buena Vista creeks. With permits in hand, the nonprofit group planning to install debris-catching nets in Montecito creeks is busy fundraising the estimated $7 million needed for construction, maintenance and insurance. Regulatory agencies approved emergency permits for The Partnership for Resilient Communities’ proposal in December, and Santa Barbara County’s approval has a mid-February deadline to put in the nets, said Pat McElroy, the nonprofit’s executive director and former Santa Barbara city fire chief. “Nobody ever thought we’d get this far, let’s face it,” he said Monday. “Having another challenge is just another day.”

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Montecito Ring Nets Get Emergency Permit from County

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Privately Funded Project Aims to Mitigate Debris Flows. An ambitious and controversial project to install steel “ring nets” in canyons above Montecito was permitted today by the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development department. “The project consists of a temporary debris flow prevention and mitigation system that will be located in … Cold Spring Canyon, San Ysidro Canyon, and Buena Vista Canyon,” according to the emergency permit issued to The Partnership for Resilient Communities, a nonprofit underwritten mostly by wealthy Montecito residents.

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Montecito Debris-Net Project Gets Emergency Permit Approval for Sites Along 3 Creeks

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Santa Barbara County' allows nonprofit to install and maintain nets for one year, then remove them; fundraising continues. The Montecito group behind the debris-net proposal proposed for the Montecito foothills said Friday that permitting agencies have signed off on a large portion of the project, approving the installation of nets in three creeks.  The nonprofit group, called The Partnership for Resilient Communities, has been working on the debris-net project proposal for months, and filed emergency permit applications to install 15 nets across Cold Spring, Hot Springs, San Ysidro, Buena Vista and Romero creeks on private land.trees.

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Emergency Authorization Granted to The Partnership for Resilient Communities for Debris Flow Mitigation Project

PARTNERSHIP FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Mobilization and Installation of Debris Nets in the Montecito drainages can begin

SANTA BARBARA, CA; December 21, 2018 – All of the emergency authorizations for a Santa Barbara non-profit group to proceed with constructing 11 debris flow protection nets in the canyons above Montecito have been granted today by four federal, state and local agencies, The Partnership for Resilient Communities announced.     


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