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With Highway 101 closed, health care workers boat to work 4 MIN, 33 SEC


Nurses board a boat to get home after their shift at Cottage Hospital
(Photo by Kathryn Barnes)

A 13-mile stretch of Highway 101 south of Santa Barbara remains closed Friday, meaning many people who live in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties are cut off from their jobs or families. Health care workers at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital have been taking boats. The day of the disaster, over 200 hospital employees were unable to get to work even as mudslide victims in critical condition began streaming into the emergency room. That left one other way to get there: the ocean.

Guests:
Kathryn Barnes, Coordinating Producer, KCRW Santa Barbara

Disaster relief CEO becomes a mudslide disaster survivor 7 MIN, 44 SEC


Thomas Tighe in shock Tuesday morning as rescuers get to his house.
(Photo by Carrie Tighe)

There are many amazing survival stories coming out from the mudslide in Montecito, from a woman climbing out of her flooded Prius to scramble up a nearby tree, to a man rescuing a 2-year-old still alive in the mud. Normally, disaster relief organization Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe would be a part of the rescue efforts. He’s traveled to Puerto Rico, Houston and Mexico City to bring medical aid to victims. But this time, he became the victim.

Guests:
Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief

Did the emergency alerts work? 6 MIN, 34 SEC

Many are questioning why much of the damage occurred within the Voluntary Evacuation Zones, and whether emergency alerts delivered to cell phones actually worked properly. Tom Fayram helped shape the county’s emergency plans — which includes evacuation zones and text alerts - and says those in voluntary evacuation zones should have known they were in serious threat.

Guests:
Tom Fayram, deputy director of Santa Barbara County’s water resources and flood control district

What could happen next time it rains? 4 MIN, 29 SEC

It’s January, which means we’re only halfway through January and we could see more rain soon. So is the worst behind us? Or, is the whole Thomas Fire burn area - stretching Ventura to Santa Barbara - still vulnerable to these massive mudslides?

Damage from Tuesday’s mudslide in Montecito:
Photo by Kathryn Barnes


Photo by Tony Morain


Photo by Kathryn Barnes


Photo by Tony Morain


Photo by Carrie Tighe

Guests:
Ed Keller, UC Santa Barbara

CREDITS

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producers:
Kathryn Barnes

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