Despite Repeated Warnings, Many Montecito Residents Didn’t Heed Evacuation Orders: ‘Evacuation fatigue’ and misplaced optimism likely led people to stay put during fierce storm, officials say

Many people who were given mandatory evacuation orders in Montecito before Tuesday’s deadly storm didn’t leave their homes, and as of Thursday there were still reports of those who chose to stay in their residences – without utilities or road access – when approached by rescue crews. … “It’s the only experience I’ve ever had in my life when you were really unsure about what your future might hold,” said Tom Walters, a kinesiology professor at Westmont College. more

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