Emergency Debris Removal, Santa Monica Debris Basin, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara County, CA

Project Detail
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Flood Control
March 2018

Tribal One teamed with Betance Enterprises Inc. and Granite Construction for the removal, hauling, and dumping of land slide material that filled the Santa Monica Basin. The debris, which consisted of trees, mud, large boulders and a 60’ long concrete and steel vehicle bridge, had filled the basin during the January 9, 2018 mudslides in Santa Barbra County.

The scope of work included:

  • 24/7 site operations and supervision throughout the duration of the project
  • Mobilized within hours of receiving the contract
  • Dewatering the basin of standing water and dewatering the mud on site
  • Diverting the Santa Monica Creek around the basin with temporary pumps and piping
  • Removing over 130,000 cubic yards of debris and transporting it to a disposal site
  • Cleaning of three drainage towers, up to 40′ tall, that were plugged with land slide debris along with nearly 300′ of 4′ diameter pipe
  • Electronic and paper logging and tracking of the over 9,600 dump truck loads of debris that left the site to include labeling each truck and photographing each truck load
  • Constant coordination with four government agencies (FEMA, USACE, Santa Barbara County Flood Control, California Office of Emergency Services) to return the basin to a safe and operable level as quickly as possible
  • Maintain the integrity of the dam and existing structures throughout operations
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