Rain poses a challenge for vacationers and last-minute shoppers on the Central Coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last storm had hit many areas like the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.

Due to the heavy rain in the morning, several intersections had water over the curb, causing Santa Barbara City public works crews to post flooded signs and barricades where the drain was too great.

Several vehicles hit the water hard, creating large waves that sometimes hit oncoming cars.

Drains that were dry bubbled again to increase drainage.

In Carpinteria, CalTrans and its contractors have just completed pavement improvements and drainage around Santa Monica Road and passed their first major rain test.

“The two new lanes and the new off-ramp at the intersection on Santa Monica Road seem to be working very well and moving traffic better,” said gas station owner Don Risdon.

In addition, new signals and pedestrian crossings were installed.

He’s also put some holiday goodwill on his price tags.

“Well, for Christmas, I cut prices by about six cents a gallon to encourage some purchases and let drivers know we’d take care of them,” said Risdon.

On the Highway 101 construction corridor north and south of Carpinteria, Risdon expects a solid stream of cars this weekend. He says the next two days will be the ones driving in and out of the Central Coast and by Christmas it will likely be local traffic in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta area.

In downtown Santa Barbara, a business owner knew the rain was going to have an impact and began personal delivery.

“Nobody wants to come shopping in the rain, so if you order online and choose a local pickup, I’ll be happy to have it delivered to your door,” said Asher Hayes at Asher Market. It is located in the Santa Barbara Hotel on State And Cota St.

Most of December was without rain and business has been good so far.

Hayes said, “So this year I was happy to have some dry weekends this year. I knew the coming rain would destroy pedestrian traffic.”

Many customers ducked from the rain and found warm alpaca scarves, other clothing and gifts. There were also many children’s outfits on display. The 500 block of State Street, one of the busiest in downtown, has drawn many shoppers to a store with a window sign but no sign hanging on the door.

When it came to walking in the rain, some people were surprised at how much came down.

Matt Hepner said I thought it was going to break now, but it’s great. “

He was on an adventure. “Just do with it. I’ll check out the creek and the beach. It’s such a strange thing these days. Yes, it’s beautiful – ‘A Christmas Miracle’.”

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