Montecito Inn, Four Seasons Biltmore Remain Evacuated After Mudslides

Firefighters successfully rescue a 14-year-old girl, right, after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito, CA.
Firefighters successfully rescue a 14-year-old girl, right, after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito, CA. // Photo by Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, Newscred

The Montecito Inn and Four Seasons Biltmore remain evacuated following Tuesday’s flooding and mudslides in California.

According to a statement on the Four Seasons Biltmore’s website, the resort will remain closed for a period of time as the hotel works to transport its limited number of guests off-site.

“We will continue to assess damage and restoration work needed as a result of this and will update once more information is available,” the hotel said.

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The Montecito Inn reports that, due to the state of emergency currently in place as a result of the flash flooding, the hotel is currently evacuated. Previously on its official Twitter account, it had reported it sustained only minor damage from the Tuesday mudslides.

The Santa Barbara Sherriff’s Office reports that search and rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel are continuing to search for survivors and evacuated people. Thus far there have been 17 confirmed fatalities, with another 17 people still missing.

According to Santa Barbara County, California’s Highway 101 is now open to Highway 150 from Ventura after a closure due to the flooding. 

Tuesday’s mudslides struck just to the south of the burn area of December’s Thomas fire, which cost the state of California nearly $75 million in containment costs. It burned an area of 379 square miles, making it the fourth-largest fire in California history, and forced the temporary closure of the Skirball and Getty centers.

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