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After the Fires, the Rains Came

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:16 pm
by Roderick Grant
9" of rain fell on Montecito yesterday. At 2 AM, an avalanche of mud slid down Hot Springs Road, burying houses in 8 to 10 feet of mud, killing at least 13. The Stewart House at 196 Hot Springs Road may have been in the path.

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:03 pm
by SDR
Cruising Hot Springs Rd on Google, the 200s appear to be a half mile or more from the 300s. Hope that's good news . . .

SDR

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:34 am
by SDR
"Some of the worst damage was on Montecito’s Hot Springs Road, where the unidentified girl was rescued and residents had been under a voluntary evacuation warning. Large boulders were washed out of a previously dry creek bed and scattered across the road."

Still looking for confirmation that the Stewart house was spared. The house is at the southern corner of the intersection of Hot Springs and Summit . . .

SDR

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:52 am
by Roderick Grant
I find maps of the Thomas Fire, but none of the mudslide. Hot Springs Road turns sharply to the right at Olive Mill, so assuming the slide started in the hills, it would appear that Boyle's corner is safe.

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:44 pm
by Roderick Grant
T. C. Boyle has confirmed that his house is safe, the gas back on and the 101 reopened. The article, posted on his website (Jan. 23) and reprinted in the current FLWBC Newsletter, explains all. He also expanded on the experience for an article in the New Yorker Online posted Jan. 22.

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:43 pm
by SREcklund
Roderick Grant wrote:T. C. Boyle has confirmed that his house is safe, the gas back on and the 101 reopened. The article, posted on his website (Jan. 23) and reprinted in the current FLWBC Newsletter, explains all. He also expanded on the experience for an article in the New Yorker Online posted Jan. 22.
I follow Boyle on Twitter; shortly after the floods he indicated that the worst part of the flood damage had been "one long block" away.

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:57 pm
by SDR

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:10 pm
by SDR
So -- does Boyle still live in the Stewart house, or not ? No way to tell from his New Yorker piece . . .

SDR

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:26 pm
by Roderick Grant
Yes, SDR, he does. He sighed with relief when gas was reconnected, so he could cook and shower.