Preparing for Winter Storms and Potential Cave Fire Burn Area Impact

The winter storm season is here and we encourage community members to be prepared, especially in light of increased risk of flooding and debris flows due to the recent Cave Fire. While the majority of concerns lie outside City limits, there could be indirect storm impacts such as flooding and road closures that could impact Goleta. City staff will be closely monitoring storm activity and any potential risks/impacts. We will promptly communicate any information related to Goleta. 

The City performs annual storm preparedness out in the community such as inspecting and cleaning culverts and drain inlets. We have identified areas to monitor during periods of rain. 

We ask community members to be vigilant and aware of storm activity.  Please sign up for emergency alerts from Santa Barbara County at and also for City notifications (  Follow us on Facebook (@CityofGoleta)Twitter (@GoletaPIO), and Nextdoor. It’s always important to have an emergency plan and to share it with both local and out of area loved ones. It’s also important to know the hazards around your home such as a creek that may overflow. Finally, a great idea is to practice a small part of your emergency plan by driving a different way out of your neighborhood and identifying alternative exit routes. 

We want everyone to be safe during this winter storm season. We thank you in advance for staying informed, educated and prepared. Remember if we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Photo: Goleta Public Works Staff documenting storm drain clean-up effort in preparation for future winter storms.