Melinda Burns

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Montecito Residents Piece Apart New Flood Map

Despite Objections, Officials Say Map Stands

Despite objections for individual parcels, officials say map will stand.

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County Fire Chief Calls for More Fuel Breaks

Peterson Wants to Create a Continuous Front-Country Line from Montecito to Goleta

Peterson wants to create a continuous front-country line from Montecito to Goleta.

Insurance Tips Post-1/9 Debris Flow

Montecito Residents Gather for Practical Advice

A nonprofit advocacy group offered advice to Montecito residents.

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Supervisors Adopt New FEMA Flood Map for Montecito and Carpinteria

It's Not Perfect, They Say, but It Will Help People Build More Safely

It’s not perfect, they say, but it will help people rebuild more safely.

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FEMA Reveals New Map for Montecito, Carpinteria Valley

Provides Guidance on Rebuilding in 1/9 Debris Flow Floodplains

Property owners wishing to rebuild must avoid flooding from 100-year storms.

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Montecito’s History of Violence

Past and Present Disasters Force Residents to Reconsider Rebuilding

Residents are second-guessing rebuild efforts as disasters past and present haunt the psyche.

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After the Debris Flow, Scientists and Survivors Are Looking at Montecito's Worst-Hit Neighborhood

Dispatches from a Disaster: Part 2

Dispatches from a Disaster: Part 2

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UCSB Scientists Scour Montecito Creeks for Clues to the 1/9 Debris Flow

Dispatches from a Disaster: Part I

Dispatches from a Disaster: Part I

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Santa Barbara County Fast-Tracks Rebuilding for Montecito

Supervisors Streamline Rules for Debris Flow Victims

Supervisors voted 5-0 to streamline permitting rules in wake of 1/9 Debris Flow

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Moving Back to a Montecito Danger Zone

Homeowner Plans to Rebuilt, Despite Risks

A homeowner who lost almost everything wants to rebuild in a neighborhood where 11 people died on 1/9.

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