California Army National Guard works flood control in Montecito during recent rains

The California Army National Guard’s 649th Engineer Company, 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, worked to reroute the water flow of San Ysidro Creek inside the Randall Road Debris Basin as part of California’s storm response.

The effort was aided by the use of heavy construction equipment such as excavators.

The basin is in the same area where a deadly mudflow hit in 2018. The basin area had multiple homes on it when a mudslide hit Jan. 9, 2018, killing Rebecca Riskin and 22 others.

The engineers are supporting the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

U.S. Army Pfc. Levi Walkup of the California Army National Guard’s 649th Engineer Company, 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, talks to a lieutenant from across the San Ysidro Creek inside the Randall Road Debris Basin, Jan. 13, 2023.
U.S. Army Pfc. Levi Walkup of the California Army National Guard’s 649th Engineer Company, 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, talks to a lieutenant from across the San Ysidro Creek inside the Randall Road Debris Basin, Jan. 13, 2023.
The article is based on information released from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).