Santa Barbara County is doing everything it can to make sure rebuilding can happen as quickly as possible, but the debris flow created unique challenges.

Because the debris flow dislodged many survey markers and other landmarks, making it impossible to identify property lines without a licensed surveyor, the County will work with outside surveyors to reestablish survey markers along public rights-of-way.

Creek channels and land elevations have changed throughout the debris flow area, which means existing FEMA maps are no longer accurate. County staff is working with FEMA on interim flood hazard/recovery mapping analyses to assess where water and debris will flow in the future.