An updated interactive map showing areas with the highest hazards for flooding and debris flow in Montecito has been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is posted on the Santa Barbara County emergency preparedness and response website at https://readysbc.org/maps/.

Supervisors will consider adopting the map when they meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Center hearing room at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria.

The FEMA map is designed to guide home and business owners affected by the 1/9 Debris Flow and those putting up new structures in the area so that they are stronger and safer and have less vulnerability to future flooding and debris flow.

It is updated from the previous hazard maps and may show elevations different from those on the Flood Insurance Rate Map.

Matt Pontes, assistant county executive officer and director of recovery, said residents, architects and contractors can use the new elevations and flood hazard zones to guide their planning and development decisions.

“The decision of whether or not to rebuild rests entirely with the private property owners of Montecito,” Pontes said. “The FEMA maps will help guide how that process takes shape.”

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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