Montecito faces record storm damage. When can evacuees return home?

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Water flows in the rain-swollen Mission Creek after a storm in west Santa Barbara, California, U.S. January 9, 2023. Photo by REUTERS/Erica Urech.

Heavy rains bring destruction to SoCal, and thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County remain stranded. President Biden declared a state of emergency. Where is the water coming from? Will it help alleviate the ongoing drought?

New York publications often condescend to Los Angeles. The New York Times recently published a piece about NYC turning into LA, with all the usual clichés.