Flash Flood Watches Canceled in Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties

Previous flash flood watches that were in effect in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have been canceled, according to the National Weather Service.

The entrance of the 101 Freeway in Montecito is shown amid a powerful rainstorm in the community on Jan. 17. 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The entrance of the 101 Freeway in Montecito is shown amid a powerful rainstorm in the community on Jan. 17. 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Mudslides were a concern in Montecito, where a devastating mudslide killed 23 people last January. The area was burned in the destructive Thomas Fire, which left behind loose debris.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Thursday morning that was later downgraded to a watch and eventually expired. Flash flooding, debris flows and rockslides are "imminent or occurring," during the early morning hours the agency said.

The watches were also canceled in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Despite the cancelation, some more recent were still considered dangerous from previous rains.

Rainfall rates were expected to exceed an inch per hour. Residents in Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland were advised to get to higher ground and not to drive through standing water.

Montecito Creek swelled to a fast-moving river amid a powerful winter storm on Jan. 17, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Montecito Creek swelled to a fast-moving river amid a powerful winter storm on Jan. 17, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Montecito Creek swelled to a flowing river Thursday morning, video showed.

No evacuations have been ordered in the area.

The storm prompted evacuation orders in other recent burn areas in Southern California this week, including Riverside County,

A reprieve in the rain is expected Thursday, but more rain is in the forecast next week.

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