Overview of geotechnical effects of the January 9, 2018, debris-flow and flash-flood disaster in Montecito, California

Jeffrey Keaton, Richard M. Ortiz, Benjamin Turner, Paul Alessio, Joseph Gartner, John Duffy, Grace Parker, Danielle Smilovsky & Taylor Watts
A strong winter storm moved across slopes above Montecito recently burned by the December 2017-January 2018 Thomas Fire, producing disastrous debris flows and flash flooding that killed 23 people, injured many others, and damaged or destroyed residential buildings and community infrastructure. Prior to the event, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch, forecasting periods of intense precipitation that had the potential to produce debris flows below recently burned slopes. The Geotechnical Extreme Event...
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